LTEN11 wrote:anstar wrote:LTEN11 wrote:So many people who've never had a union go into bat for them, you have no idea how valuable they can be. Most of you will also be shocked to learn that the vast majority of unions work with the employer to get a fair deal for both sides. But of course you never hear of that work, as governments and the media would far prefer to union bash, it discourages union membership and helps big business drive people to individual contracts. That's fine if you work in a high skill job, not so great if you work on a production line, or a warehouse, or baggage handling where it's easy to find a replacement if you don't sign that contract. The joy of that new contract that gives you a 1.75% pay rise for the next 3 years if they are lucky, sounds great, till you realise that you're now expected to work a rotating shift, ie, day shift this week, night shift next week, split shifts, penalty rates are reduced, or eliminated altogether, sick leave gets reduced and leave loading is abolished. Suddenly that new contract has destroyed your family life, your health declines as you can't sleep properly, oh and you suddenly realise that your weekly pay has actually gone down 10%, though your base wage went up 1.75%. This happens everyday and will continue to happen as big business know that low to mid skill workers are individually not important, who leaves today will be replaced tomorrow, with barely a hiccup. However, if there are 100 working together on the same negotiated contract, suddenly they can negotiate in strength, they may give up a little bit and get a fair return.
So for all you obviously highly skilled and sought after employee's who see no value in unions, just think if you were one of the little guys on the factory, warehouse, shop floor, or throwing bags around on the apron, getting paid an award wage and the only way those jobs become worthwhile, is by putting in some o/t, or work the night shifts and weekends for the penalty rates, but they are the things that get taken away from you, see how you feel, especially when that new contract is put in front of you and those penalty rates are whittled away a bit more. Do you sign it because it's a job and some pay is better than the dole for 6 months, or do you not and find out that you've been replaced by a new guy on even less than what you were making ?
Sure unions can do some dumb things, but in the overall scheme of things, they do a pretty good job where they are involved.
Well the last union I was in only had onb oard managers as reps and when they cut the lower ranks it was like... oh there is nothing we can do its the best for the business... then when they went to wield the axe to the pursers it was we all have to stand united... they even threw in shopping vouchers for every 3 members you signed up.... I think unions have their place but some are just not doing the best for their members.
Union reps are suppose to be voted on by there work place colleagues, if you didn't like the job they were doing, you had very right to nominate someone else to take their place. You also have the right to go to the union and express your dissatisfaction with your job site union rep, they will come out and try and help you. I've been at a work site where the union rep wasn't doing anything, the union came out and spoke to everyone and a new rep was voted in, as well the union officer who had our site was changed. They want to help, it is their job and they do literally get paid by the union fees paid by their members, so it is in their interest to keep the members happy. But, having said that, there are always individuals who don't have the best interest of of those they are suppose to represent, happens in every aspect of life.
Just want to say not everyone shares a love for unions and the job they do. Everyone has a different experience, be it the specific union or individuals involved, but I must say some of the things I have seen certainly don’t come across as having the best interests of those they are supposed to represent sorry to say.
Anyway, back to the joy of aviation in these crazy times.
Someone did raise an interesting point recently about AVV and it’s potential to possibly have flights if the borders reopen to Regional Victoria. Although a fair amount of demand is from the Melbourne metro area, could be an interesting proposition if they could restart services earlier.
Bendigo and Mildura could also see services restart, but the real prize the airlines want is for the Melbourne market reopened as soon as possible. That will certainly kick start the national economy, and give the airlines a chance at rebuilding again.