The following comment piece by m y Socialist Alliance Comrade Tim Gooden on an August 5 editorial in the Geelong Advertiser will appeared in the Monday 11 August edition of that paper.
When does a worker, even a casual or part-time worker, join a union? When it’s clear that membership brings better pay, working conditions and job security.
Why, then, is union membership among workers at an all time low? Because in so many industries union membership doesn’t seem to bring these benefits.
Perhaps it’s because some employers– very few - can pay high wages or maybe workers have been intimidated into not joining a union.
It drives the building bosses’ support of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC), which treats one million building workers as if they are terrorist suspects.
In effect, the delegates were following the advice of the Advertiser editorial: “It’s time the unions stood up for themselves.”