|Quoting EDICHC (Reply 66):|
Until the rise of the trade union movement during the latter part of the Industrial Revolution, this was exactly what was happening in workplaces. While you may consider it overblown, remember just about every single piece of health and safety in the workplace legislation has the trade unions directly or indirectly associated with it. Same goes for employee protection legislation. If it were not for unions your boss could fire you on a whim. Be careful of what you wish for.
The overblown bit was that we'd still have kids down the mine if nobody ever went on strike. Economic and Social development was taking place before the Union movement began, and it will continue with or without them. Which is irrelevant to this debate. My position is that striking is akin to biting the hand that feeds you.
Prolonged, and protracted industrial actions do not benefit anybody. The purpose of a strike is to tell the employer that the union will act on its threats. Well the TWU has proved that to Qantas. They haven't been happy with Qantas' response, so they did it again, and issued more threats. The more they strike, they only really dilute their bargaining power, as it just hurts company profits and makes head office even less able to pay them. The point is proved. Joyce (though it is a tad ridiculous to blame just him - given he has the backing of all the directors and shareholders) has to fight back somehow.
This is just a battle now, a game of survivor, to see which happens first: Qantas' collapse, or the Union's capitulation. That just sucks for everyone that's invested in Qantas - shareholders and employees alike.
But when you take a job, you are performing an economic activity. You have a supply of labour and skills, for which there is a demand. At the moment, there is more supply available to Qantas, than they have demand for it. Qantas workers can't expect a higher price for their labour and skills, because it just isn't scarce enough. I know these are people with families and children to support, but its not like they are destitute. They are in work. That's a damn sight better than plenty of other people.