CFMEU fined for blockading Vic Regional Rail Link
The construction union and an official from its militant Victorian branch have been fined $78,000 for blockading the states’s $4.
There is good and bad on both sides just take the CFMEU on the Union side and seven-eleven on the Capitalist side as bad examples of both.While the unions have a monopoly over representation little will change. There is no need for industry specific unions anymore, each site should select their union to represent them. If a union isn't doing the right thing by the workers, they can vote them out and get another.
I think most of us would agree that many (probably most) unions are "good" unions who work for the benefit of their members and even the broader community.You left the UFU out of the "bad" ones.
But there are quite a few bad unions too. They range from the mildly corrupt like the hospital employees union where the bosses merely pinched money belonging to the members and possibly took bribes, through to the violent ones like the wharfies, through to the building division of the CFMEU which ignores the law, doesn't pay fines, violently intimidates dissenters, black bans big building companies like Boral etc and consorts with the very worst of the drug dealing outlaw bikie gangs. The building division of the CFMEU appear to be throughly evil and seems to regard itself as above the laws that apply to the rest of us.
I think these bad unions bring the good unions into disrepute and make broader society regard any unionism as pretty suspect. If outfits like Trades Hall, the ACTU and even the Labour Party want to improve the image of unions and unionism, they should disaffiliate the bad unions and refuse to take any donations offered by them. A moral stand by good unionists against the baddies would hopefully improve the image of the movement. But perhaps the payments and donations from the baddies will continue to seduce groups affiliated with good unionism to keep them affiliated so they will continue to get all that money?