Coming home to roost
Isn't it great having an ALP-Greens government with unions free to destroy jobs and businesses? Qantas announced the shedding of 500 jobs as their profits go into free-fall partly due to the union strikes late last year. BHP in trouble as thousands of miners walk off the job. Coastal shipping cargo costs to rise as much as 500% as unions and the government clamp down on foreign registered ships.
About 30 per cent of coastal shipping - the carriage of cargo between Australia's ports - is now carried on foreign ships. In 1995, there were 55 Australian-operated ships carrying coastal cargo compared with 22 today.The 55 down to 22 is another example of unions pricing themselves out of the industry.
“The MUA’s outrageous wage demands would see maritime workers such as those employees working as kitchen hands, stewards, dishwashers and basic cooks potentially earning up to $230,000 a year”HSU's Craig Thomson has the quote of the year award for this jaw dropper;
[he]...said it was nonsensical to suggest there had been any political interference in the FWA investigation. There is no benefit for me or for the government to go on as long as it has, he said. From a personal point of view, the sooner they finish it, the better.Yeah right! Except, on the face of it, the longer it takes, the longer Thomson can stay in parliament and the longer the Gillard government can stay in power. If Thomson is found to have no case to answer I fully believe it will be because the HSU doesn't have a rule that makes spending union funds on whores and cash advances illegal. Kim Sattler from the Unions ACT has been caught out lying about her involvement in winding up the Australia Day riot in Canberra. Imagine that, a union rep lying. With over a year to go before an election things will get a whole lot worse. I pity any incoming LNP government - it will take all of the first term just to get the country back on track.