Time to take on the public sector unions

One News had a story last night about the relevance of unions. This graphic tells the tale:

As far as the private sector is concerned unions are meaningless…except for 8.8% of the population. There is still a massive problem in the state sector though and that is where the government should focus its efforts in Industrial Relations reform.

The first thing to do would be to remove payroll protection for union dues. If unions want people to join then they should act like any other incorporated society and go collect their membership fees themselves instead of having employers do it for them.

The second thing to do is remove monopoly situations. If we don;t tolerate monopolies in the private sector then why should we tolerate them in the union sector. This is most apparent in the education sector where there are just three unions and each one has its own monopoly. The NZEI has a monopoly in the primary schools, the PPTa in the secondary schools and then there is the Principals union.

The state sector is lagging behind the private sector and these reforms are way overdue.

One thing for sure though, Bill Hodge is right, the union movement in the private sector is dead.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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