Trade Union page on the DIBP website needs to go

09-Dec-2013 10:18 AM

Why on earth does the DIBP dedicate a web page to promote membership of a trade union? Unions seek to interpose themselves into the employer-employee relationship and the previous Labor government, always beholden to trade union bullies, and numbers men, took extraordinary measures to entrench union powers.

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The following article has appeared on the Migration Alliance website this morning.  Migration Alliance is the peak professional association for Registered Migration Agents in Australia.

The employment relationship is between employer and employee.  But unions seek to interpose themselves into that relationship and the previous Labor government, always beholden to trade union bullies, and numbers men, took extraordinary measures to entrench union powers.

The Fair Work Act allows and encourages an employee to not become a member of an industrial association (euphemistic term for trade union).  Fairwork Australia provides a proper resource for employees seeking to check if their terms of employment are appropriate.  See http://www.fairwork.gov.au/pages/default.aspx

Why on earth does the DIBP dedicate a web page to promote membership of a trade union?  See the page. http://www.immi.gov.au/employers/outreach/uoo.htm

There are many in Australia who do not support the privileged position that the former Labor Government created for trade unions.  There are many in Australia, at the coal face as it were, who see trade unions as bullies, thugs and promoting the self interest of union officials above the interests of those who they purportedly serve and above the national interest in a dynamic, fee economy. 

It seems the DIBP supports trade unions in a privileged manner.  DIBP pays for its officers to be present in union offices.  Well, if the government is seriously looking to cut waste, here is one place to do that.  Just cut out the position of Union Outreach Officer.

Take down the web page that seems to be a recruitment page for privileged trade unions.

EXTRACT FROM THE OFFENSIVE DIBP PAGE:

Union Outreach Officers

Union Outreach Officers are out-posted to the national offices of major trade unions to help them to better understand the department's products, policies and processes.

Union Outreach Officer role

Union Outreach Officers support better understanding of the department's products, policies and processes among union organisers, delegates and members. The outreach role facilitates productive and informed communication between the department and the unions. It provides a mechanism not only to inform temporary workers from outside Australia, of their rights and the obligations of their employer sponsors but also to inform government about gaps in programs, unintended policy outcomes and emerging areas of concern.

Location of Union Outreach Officers

Union Outreach Officers are currently working with the following organisations.

 

Union

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Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)

www.actu.org.au

Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU)

www.cfmeu.asn.au

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF)

www.anmf.org.au

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU)

www.amwu.org.au

Australasian Meat Industry Employees Union (AMIEU)

http://amieu.asn.au

 


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