In the past few days industrial relations has set up its own big top. And it’s quite a show…
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that,
‘Construction on new homes and units has slumped to its lowest level in a decade, prompting fresh calls from Australia’s housing industry for governments to do more to support the struggling sector.
‘HIA chief economist Harley Dale said the sector was faring worse now than at the height of the global financial crisis.
‘”That situation is unhealthy and undesirable for Australian businesses and households, while federal and state governments are too slow in taking action,” he said. “Federal and state governments need to get out there and act on investment and reform initiatives to help revive the residential construction industry.”‘
Harley…dude…you’re not serious are you? What more do you want the government to do? They’ve meddled so much in housing they’ve just about run the industry into the ground.
At a time when the housing construction industry is in all sorts of problems, the unions have decided to go feral. These bozos have no idea what they’re doing, apart from playing small minded power games to justify their existence.
Australian labour is amongst the best paid in the world. The high cost of labour is one of the reasons why property is so expensive in this country. When a union makes demands for more of this or more of that it pushes up costs…costs that are ultimately borne by you; the tenant, the shopper, or the consumer of a service.
These high costs are now manifesting in weaker construction demand, which ultimately means less work for builders and their labourers.
And at precisely this time, unions flex their muscles under the pretence of safety issues.
Having grown up in Wollongong, we’ve known a few unionists in our time. For many of them, safety issues are the least of their concerns. Hatred and distrust of management and the ‘capitalist’ is at the heart of the matter.
Unionists have a Marxist outlook. They have a delusional belief that labour is the creator of wealth. Labour no doubt contributes to the creation of wealth but it does not spark the fire. For that you need ingenuity and capital.
Once ingenuity and capital come together in the right mix, they provide an opportunity for labour to join the party.
Unionists have it the wrong way around. That’s why they have to use intimidation and violence to make their point. And with the Labor government’s changes to industrial relations law strengthening the union movement (because unions are major contributors to the Party) intimidation and violence is growing.
It reminds us of something our old mate Freddy Hayek wrote more than 60 years ago:
‘They (unions) have become the only important instance in which governments signally fail in their prime function – the prevention of coercion and violence.’
We don’t know what the stats are but anecdotally we know of many union members who would prefer not to be. Union leaders use coercion to get them to join. And if they don’t, they are ostracised and pushed out of the ‘club’.
Any club that uses coercion to boost membership is a pretty ordinary club in our opinion. In fact, it’s ‘un-Australian’. Yet these thugs wrap themselves in the flag when making their demands.
It really is a case of clowns (especially) to the left of me and jokers to the right (did you see the Republican convention in the US?). There are bozo horns everywhere.
But that’s no way to finish up for the week. How about some humour? Check out the brilliant Flight of the Conchords (a Kiwi comedy duo) charity chat with kids.
for The Daily Reckoning Australia
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