Friday, June 06, 2008

Unions Rudd Government and Strikes

..."The fact that almost as many days have been lost in the due to industrial disputation in the March quarter 2008 as in the entire previous year..."

"The union movement has celebrated the election of a Federal Labor Government with a wave of industrial unrest and strikes. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today reveal that 42,800 working days were lost due to industrial disputation in the March quarter 2008. Working days lost through industrial disputation for the whole of 2007 were 49,700. This was the lowest number since this data series began in 1959."

"After years of industrial peace, Australian business is under siege from unions which invested tens of millions of dollars to get the Rudd Government elected and are now seeking a return on that investment. The fact that almost as many days have been lost in the due to industrial disputation in the March quarter 2008 as in the entire previous year is a taste of what lies ahead for the Australian economy."


"Strike action under the last Federal Labor Government, peaking at more than 1.6 million working days lost, is estimated to have cost the economy $1.5 billion per annum." Read more ...

See ABS figures here

Welcome to the bad old days guys; Teachers, Principles, Qantas engineers, bank employees, who is next. Kevin Rudd is presenting industrial relations rhetoric that looks to the past, a trend toward uniformity and centralisation at the expense of flexibility and competition.

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