Excessive Powers of Unions Confirmed

Confirmation of the HR Nicholls Society’s view that  the existing workplace regulations are damaging productivity has emerged with yesterday’s revelation that crane lifts on wharves in the East Coast are about 20% higher than in Fremantle. The lower rate there reflects the go-slow tactics adopted by the Maritime Union of Australia in its attempt to obtain from the $52 bn LNG Chevron project in Western Australia a 26% wage increase over 4 years including a claim for personal toilets. It is little short of a disgrace that the MUA, one of Australia’s most powerful trade unions (which has  a long standing “history” of  creating low productivity working environments), is able to operate without fear of the Fair Work Commission imposing a penalty sufficient to force it to stop action that disrupts business activity and lowers productivity. Read more