|Jul 06, 2006, 06:51 PM|
Should workers have the unfettered right to withdraw their labour
There really is no right to strike in Western Australia.
Our federal government has upped the ante with these prosecutions
Should there be an unfettered right to strike?
|Jul 06, 2006, 07:05 PM|
if you sign away your right to strike given a job with prior and consensual agreement, such as PATCO did before Reynaldus Magnus properly fired them, you have agreed not to strike.
I may be missing something, but i don't see that these workers signed any such agreement. however, it is also within the rights of any employer to fire strikers, in my opinion, unless this is waived by the employer, also by prior agreement.
|Jul 07, 2006, 04:19 PM|
If I read the story correctly (and it is reported accurately), the workers are being fined for breaking the law.
Workers should have an unfettered right, as individuals, to withdraw labor. In cases where the worker does so, the employer should have an unfettered right to fire the worker.
Unions (and other protection rackets) should not have an un-regulated ability to place a stranglehold on an industry.
|Jul 08, 2006, 03:49 AM|
I must have an inaccurate view of Aus, because I thought it had strong unions
and fair labour practices.
Recently an Australian company called Multiplex (not connected to the models)
has made a real mess of a big stadium project in UK.
They resorted to trying to sue one of their suppliers to cut their loses,
but it was their fault if they chose the wrong supplier in the first place.
Good managers don't get strikes, their staff contribute extra sometimes.
In the end every problem and every issue is the responsibility of management.
|Jul 08, 2006, 06:43 AM|
Personal experiance through working within the Transport and general workers union, both as a member and a rep, have shown in most cases strikes are caused by bad management. Its not allways the case though, but some managers are very good at provoking action from the workforce.
As Sarge said Every worker should have the right to withdraw labour, and equally the management should have the right to terminate the employment of workers who break their contracts, but both of these rights come with obligations, the workers should make sure they have tried every path to try and settle without taking industrial action, and this is where good union organisation can help both by giving a united front for the workers to talk to the management and also (and this happens more often than most people realise) by advising the workers that they have gained or held onto as much as they can and if they take further action they stand to lose more than they gain. The management should also do what they can to prevent disputes, one thing that helps is good communication and honesty in negotiation, it doesn't help trust if management say there is no money for a rise this year, and after the workers have accepted a lower than inflationary deal the company reveal record profits.
Any law that prevents the withdrawl of labour is an attack on basic freedom.
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