Because of crooks, thieves and megalomaniacs like $270K per annum HSU boss Kathy Jackson, there’s been lots of bad news about unions recently to the point where many union leaders across have worried about the future.
Truth is that unions are a tremendous force for good in Australia, with only a few notorious exceptions.
The Plumbers Union in Victoria are seen as an example of a tough, efficient and ably-run union that enjoys tremendous popularity from its members in the plumbing caper.
The collapse of big employer Hastie Group caused great anxiety in the construction industry across the country, especially Victoria where they have been big players.
Some swift work by the Administrators including Craig Crosbie, the Plumbers’ union and their members, the federal government and Hastie Group managers have saved 90% of the jobs of plumbers in the company, despite things looking very bleak just a week or so ago.
“It’s a bloody good day for the plumbers’ union,” its leader Earl Setches told a happy gathering of relieved Plumbers in Melbourne.
AAP reports today:
Mr Setches said all members who had been stood down since the Hastie Group’s $500 million collapse would also receive full entitlements, including double pay to make up for days missed.
He praised the work of administrator PPB and Mr Shorten for working with the union to save jobs.
Mr Shorten said he regretted the uncertainty of the last two weeks for employees.
“You can tell your kids tonight it will be alright,” he said today.
Kathy Jackson would have done well to see how a real unionist conduct themselves. It’s obviously too late for her now. The contrast between Jackson and the vast majority of self-sacrificing, hard-working, idealistic trade unionists we’ve known couldn’t be greater.