Major Australian Union asks non-members to pay

One of Australia’s largest unions wants non-members to pay their members should they successfully negotiate higher wages and working conditions in the future.

This is despite union membership falling to a record low in 2022.

Union membership has been declining for decades in Australia, and the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union, one of the country’s largest unions, wants to reverse this.

“Imagine walking into a fishing club or a soccer club and claiming all the perks without being a member. rice field.

“But that is the situation in our workplace today. Thousands of workers benefit from the outcome of union-contested collective bargaining agreements, but with higher wages, safer conditions, and more We do not fight union members for the right to a good place to work.”

Such a move to force non-members to pay would give the organization a huge financial boost, especially in light of the declining membership numbers that are eroding the union’s financial base.

Trade unions disappear in Australia

move after Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reported that the union membership rate of 11.4 million Australians employed in August 2022 has fallen to a record low of 12.5% ​​in 2022. This is down from her 14.3% recorded in August 2020.

“Trade union membership has generally declined since 1992. Between 1992 and 2022, the proportion of employees who were unionized fell from 41.1% to 12.5% ​​(45.5% for men). % to 11.4% and women from 35.9% to 13.6%),” ABS said in its report.

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Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (center) and ACTU President Michele O’Neill (4th from left) participate in the 2021 Labor Day March in Brisbane, Australia, May 3, 2021. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Young people are no longer actively joining unions, according to ABS statistics, with only 2% of employees aged 15 to 19 and 5% of employees aged 20 to 24 joining. It became clear that no. This is in contrast to 19% of employees aged 55-59 and 21% of employees aged 60-64.

Currently, the peak union is Australian Unionas part of a new campaign to attract more members, the initial monthly fee for apprentices, contractors, casuals, and part-timers is set at $56 for full-time memberships and $28 for part-time members Please note that

However, joining a union can cost upwards of $500 a year. When For example, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) charges full adult members $530 annually.

Australians have right not to participate, opposition says

Opposition workplace relations spokeswoman Mikaela Cash said it was shameful to force workers to pay for services they didn’t ask for.

“It’s just the way the ailing union movement is trying to support its declining membership,” she told AAP. “Australians have the right not to join unions and should not be forced to do so.”

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Senator Michaelia Cash attends the Education and Employment Committee at the Houses of Parliament in Canberra, Australia March 25, 2021. (Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

The senator criticized the “safer jobs, better wages bill” recently passed by the Albanian government. This allows for “multi-employer bargaining” and companies could be forced to enter into sector-wide negotiations on wages and conditions rather than workplace bargaining being conducted by the business. It means that you have sex. – Business based.

At the time, the Australian Economic Council opposed the move, saying it would hurt competitiveness.

“Now I represent these [small] But it’s not good for big companies to be forced to negotiate,” CEO Jennifer Westacott told ABC Radio.

“It’s not good for small businesses, it’s not good for innovation. It’s going to be anti-competitive.”

Daniel Y. Teng

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