I can't say I have anything good to say about unions, in particular the CFMEU. I've never had any good experiences with them at all.
Heard on the radio that the train drivers working for Rio Tinto are looking for a payrise, and are considering strike action (with the aid of the CFMEU).
Just had a look on the web for some info and came accross this:
Strike threat to iron ore trains : thewest.com.au
with this key interesting point:
Now, I'm of the opinion that if you don't think your employer is doing the right thing by you, and won't come to the table, then you are well within your right to move on (at the moment, it's not like getting a job is hard - especially if you are worth your payrise...)Rio Tinto’s direct bargaining with employees had been effective over many years. Its train drivers earned between $160,000 and $210,000 a year and the company guaranteed their job security when automated trains began operating.
If there is no-one out there paying what you want, then perhaps the job isn't worth it, and you are just overvaluing yourself. If you really want more cash, do something else.
I'm just curious to hear other peoples views. In particular, I'm interested on hearing any other side to this particular story. I can't see how people making that much cash can require a pay-rise so badly that it's worth group strike action.
Edit: If RTIO really are refusing to talk to the CFMEU I can understand why. It really reeks a lot of them sticking their nose in where it isn't really needed and trying to throw their weight around. Anything to do with the slowdown in residential construction perhaps?