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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Unravelling Gerard Henderson's Spin - Episode 3

In his rant in today's SMH, Henderson suggests that lack of competition has led to corrupt union behaviour.   A couple of things immediately spring to mind:

[1]    What would a "free market" among unions look like?    Members thronging to unions which offer the best pay and conditions for workers?  Interesting.  But wouldn't Henderson, a long-time critic of unionism,  then call that "employer bashing" or "counterproductive", or "communist"?

[2]   Does Henderson seriously suggest that "competition" in his pet theology, "the free market", has led to a lowering of corruption there?

Oh Hendo, you've excelled yourself again...   [chortle]


Blogger AndrewM said...

In the United States unions can represent an entire industry or a small portion thereof. This differs from the UK, European and Australian system, where unions are regulated and must represent an industry (however defined).

In the United States only the industry wide unions are effective; the South Carolina Cotton Gin Tuners Union (I made that up) is almost completely ineffectual on a national scale. I suspect this is as close as you can get to competition between unions, and I'm sure Henderson would love it, because it doesn't work.

May 16, 2012 8:48 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Yes, Henderson often amazes me with is "logic". This time it's "competition reduces corruption"

Has he heard of the Melbourne Storm NRL corruption debacle? D'oh...

May 16, 2012 2:21 PM  

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