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Unions - do we really need them? Unions - do we really need them?

Seriously, is there anything that unions in Australia do right?

Regular visitors to my blog will probably be more than aware that I'm not the biggest fan of unions. In fact, I dedicated an entire post to them a while back - let's just say I didn't paint them in the most positive of lights - and my sentiments towards them remain very much the same.

Unions are once again in the news and, surprise surprise, for all the wrong reasons. You've most probably heard about the former union boss in South Australia being arrested for fraud, or the rather daft New South Wales union official who not only falsely identified himself, but also abruptly forced a group of builders to stop working.

It's fair to say these people aren't exactly experts at covering themselves in glory.

That got me thinking again about whether unions really play a role in Australian small businesses today, and whether we actually need them at all. It still seems to me as if they're more concerned about ramping their membership numbers than protecting the welfare and rights of the very people they claim to stand for.

All good small businesses know that in order to succeed, they simply have to know how to look after their staff. They should be treating their employees well enough so they're not required to seek assistance from a third party. In that case, why is there even a need for unions?

Those are just my two cents though, and I'm keen to hear your opinions too. So do unions still have a constructive role to play for small businesses today, or do they simply need to up their game?

Wishing you all the best for your week in business.