Unions force themselves upon a disinterested workforce, according to a report by HR Nicholls.
Union membership has been declining for 20 years, with one in five full-time workers taking out union membership. In the private sector, 87% of workers are un-unionised.
Young people are the least likely to become union members.
As a result, HR Nicholls asserts that unions are turning to legislation to retain their influence. For example:
- the new right of entry provisions passed by the House of Representatives and being considered by the Senate: where occupiers of premises in remote locations must make certain accommodation and travel arrangements with permit holders if arrangements cannot be agreed, even if the employees are not actually trade union members, and
- bargaining powers over greenfields sites which can affect work before it begins.
HR Nicholls, calling for industrial relations reform, infers that such “extreme measures” are disproportionate to the reality of union support in the workplace.
For a link to HR Nicholl’s media release, click here
For a copy of the one page report “Desperate unions cling to power”, click here