If you haven't joined a union, it's time you paid to benefit from union deals
By Jim Stanford, Economist and Director, Centre for Future Work, Australia Institute; Honorary Professor of Political Economy, University of Sydney
A long overdue public debate has started in Australia about “free riding” in industrial relations – when non-union members benefit from collective agreements negotiated by union members without contributing (through membership dues or other payments) to their negotiation and administration.
Several union leaders want rules to stop free riding. Without this, they argue, union membership will keep falling, imperilling collective bargaining.
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- Sunday, January 22, 2023