The current dust up between Albanese and John Setka is symptomatic of the problems of the political Left. and organised labour as a whole.

Setka and other Union leaders accuse the Labor party of abandoning the interests of workers

The basic problem is that the interests of the unions, the Labor party and Australian workers, just don’t always align.

The Labor party was pretty much a creation of the union movement. However, it has evolved, and needs to appeal to a much wider section of the nation in order to have a chance of returning to Government.

Union members make up a very small proportion of our society today. The problem for unions is that their business model relies on them convincing their customers (the members) that they can do things for them, which they generally can’t.

This isn’t a bunch of sour grapes. I say this as someone who was a union delegate for ten years and a union member in the most militantly unionised sectors of any economy in the world (engineering construction in Australia).

I worked in union and non-union jobs and for the most part was grateful for union participation.

What you need to know about a union is that it is a business – a service business. It charges a fee to its customers and provides a service in return.

Its business model is similar to that of a real estate agent. People who have a house to sell, often engage a real estate agent to sell the house for them.

Whilst a real estate agent will negotiate the sale of your house for you, a union will negotiate the sale of your labour.

In theory, this isn’t a bad idea, as most workers are not skilled negotiators. Bosses on the other hand are.

That is their main skill set. Someone running a company has to be a skilled negotiator otherwise they will go out of business

In theory then, a union is a good idea. Unions can negotiate a deal for a worker or a group of workers and ensure that the employers stick to the deal.

They can provide lawyers when companies fail to do the right thing. This is the value they have for workers.

Unfortunately, in practice, this service isn’t as valuable as it sounds. Wages are set by markets. A good union negotiator may squeeze wages up a fraction above market rates but that is all.

For most people, this wouldn’t cover their union dues.

Also, contrary to what the unions would have you believe, mass withdrawal of labour is nearly always counterproductive. I know, I’ve been on strike many times.

Any benefits are minimal and never come close to recouping the lost time. Companies can never give in to strike demands or they risk being ruined by constant strike action.

I can lift heavy things.

Consequently, unions need to be dishonest. Like any other business, they oversell their benefits to gullible workers. They pretend that strike action is beneficial to workers.

In fact, the only ones to benefit from strike action is the union. They use the conflict to scare workers into joining the union, believing they will gain from it. In reality, it is only the union that gains.

Many, or even most, union organisers and delegates don’t see things this way of course. They genuinely belive that they are fighting against evil and greedy bosses.

The bosses are no greedier than the workers of course. Both workers and employers are simply negotiating for a share of a pie. That process is simply a normal and healthy negotiation to reach a deal which is attractive to both parties.

The worst thing that unions do, however, is the cartelisation of their industry niche. Setca, represents the builder’s labourers who don’t have the skills to do this successfully, but the Electricians Union can – and do.

The Unions use their financial muscle to influence politicians. The unions founded and funded the Labor party. Labor traditionally looked after the interests of the unions who looked after the interests of the workers. At least that is how it is supposed to work.

Labor passes laws to make striking easier and promotes labour cartels. Australia is one of the few countries in the world where it is illegal to change a tap washer or a light fitting if you are not in the right cartel.

There are reasons why electrical and plumbing work should not be “open slather,” but the main one is the pressure from the unions. You could make a strong argument for why it should be illegal to work on your own car’s brakes.

Electrical Union boss Allen Hicks isn’t happy that 6000 Asian sparkies are muscling in on his cartel.

Motor mechanics are unable to organise collectively, however, which is probably why it isn’t.

The worst part of this cartelisation of trades, is the raising of apprentice wages to a set level.

Companies agreed to this initially because in the short term, it didn’t affect their business model too much. All they needed to do was reduce the number of apprentices.

Union members fought for it because it sounded like a good thing to do, helping the apprentices.

Apprentices are a liability. They are young, lack experience, motivation and often times have poor attitude.

They require education and constant monitoring. They are prone to make mistakes which can be costly. Traditionally then, Apprentices wages were very low to reflect this.

During the latter part of the apprenticeship, a company would recoup their investment as the youngster became more productive and focused, yet still worked on low wages.

The apprentice who stuck it out, wound up with valuable trade skills which set them up for a lifetime of higher wages. The companies who employed them made a profit.

When apprentice wages were raised, they became unprofitable. companies could not afford to hire more than a few of them. The lucky ones were usually the sons of either the boss, or the supervisors. Everyone else was locked out of the trade.

The shortage of skilled workers that this created, raised wages for those lucky enough to be in the cartel. Unfortunately, it damaged their industries and the nation as a whole.

In particular, it slammed the door in the face of the younger generation, who like me, wanted to work in trades but were shut out by the cartel.

Now, the Government is looking to import electricians from Indonesia because Australia doesn’t have enough of them and the Electrical unions are crying foul.

Yes, it is shocking that the Government is importing electricians into Australia to fill a skills shortage when youth unemployment in many places is running at over 15%.

Unfortunately, that is what you get when you cartelise your trade in order to enrich yourselves and screw over the rest of the country.

The government should be using its power to cut barriers to Aussie kids entering trades instead of trying to take over the job of training those kids themselves.

That means that they should remove any coercive legislation regarding the pay levels of trainees in any industry whatever.

Employers and employees should be free to strike a deal which suits them both. Whatever that pay level is, is nobody’s business but their own.

Youth unemployment is a national tragedy. It is the root cause of untold evils and a tragic betrayal of our youth.

Labor and the unions should face up to the damage they have done and remove any barriers to companies hiring young people at whatever rates suit them.

We need to put our kids first and outlaw labour cartels like we outlaw any other cartel. The fact that we need to bring in skilled electricians from Indonesia for Christ’s sake, should be a wake up call to all of us.

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Actually Albo or always sleazy has some serious questions to answer in relation to a whistle blower Mr Allan Kessing who notified Albos electoral, office about serious misgivings of airport security. Those documents found there way to a news paper however Mr Kessing was not the person who handed them on! He only handed them to Mr Kessing was subsequently charged with a serious offence, Albo has said nothing at all about it!

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/whistleblower-allan-kessing-vindicated-by-airport-customs-raid/story-e6freuy9-1226541726529?sv=44fd12af33ed20d23338d18936eaa12d

https://omny.fm/shows/the-alan-jones-breakfast-show/whistleblower-allan-kessing-hits-out-at-government

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IT IS ALL ON NOW GUYS. DOJ OPENS A CRIMINAL FILE. CHARGES WILL FOLLOW. ——————————

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While the sins of the parents are often attributed to their offspring’s behaviour and parents tasked with the upbringing and teaching of “what’s right and wrong, good and bad” is an accepted foundation, how are we to raise our children when from the time they can read and comprehend, they are confronted with proof that politicians, police, judiciary, media, sports, unions and big business are ALL CORRUPT ?

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Interesting how you sometimes only get one side of the story with posts here.
Below someone posted a story about two proud boys being jailed for attacking Anitfa protestors. The story was short of detail and seemed to indicate that the proud boys were hard done by.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50148024
The above link gives a bit more detail and some extra points including:
– they charged the protestors before the bottle was thrown
– the bottle was plastic
– 10 proud boys attacked 4 protestors
I hope they enjoy their time in jail !!

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Trump says He’s “bringing the troops home” from Syria – base cheers.
If Trump now says He’s sending more troops to Syria, will the base cheer?
I’m predicting….yes.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/pentagon-tanks-syria-ceasefire

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I have made the point about Australian content on Pickering Post. I came across this article on the ABC, that yes, does impact on my situation, but is one that most of us here are in the ‘zone level” of possibility.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-25/research-shows-benefits-of-respite-care-on-aged-care-sector/11635246

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I’ lefties took time tae blink
‘N’ once i’ a while just think
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lg…….A few Plod about to get a kick up the pants….I am assuming that Victoriastans Plod would have the same guidelines as NSW…NSW Plod were Directed not to do drug searches, or attend those locations unless specifically called to attend, as they may Intimidate the Druggies whom frequent such locations…..I bet you can’t find any statistical information about trending crime rates around those locations, as they are classified as “Sensetive” and not in the public interests…….All to protect the Anti Conservatives Agenda’s…As Usual, but that is just my humble opinion….

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Port Macquarie shipyard wins contract to build new Sydney ferries, then immediately says they will be built in China, how does that work.

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TRICK OR TREAT.

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U.S. To Send Troops, Battle Tanks To “Secure” Syrian Oil Fields – Report The U.S. is planning to deploy fresh troops and battle tanks to Syria’s northeastern oil fileds, Newsweek reported on October 23, citing an official in the Pentagon. The unnamed official told the magazine that the U.S is seeking to deploy half of an Army armored brigade combat team battalion that includes as many as 30 Abrams tanks alongside personnel to key oil fields in northeastern Syria. According to the official, the plan is pending White House approval. Northeastern Syria oil fields, including al-Rmelan and al-Omar, are controlled… Read more »

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Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch released new Hillary Clinton emails on the 2012 Benghazi attack and cover-up that have been hidden for years and would have exposed the fact that Hillary had a private server when the State Department discovered her private email back in 2014. “This email is a twofer – it shows Hillary Clinton misled the U.S. Senate on Benghazi and that the State Department wanted to hide the Benghazi connection to the Clinton email scheme,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Rather than defending her email misconduct, the Justice Department has more than enough evidence to reopen… Read more »

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Harry, I have been around these traps longer that many would wish. I have seen many come and go, some never to return, others who like myself make unwelcome returns and become targets for ‘scooter troll’s and the like. One of the better writers in my opinion is HAPPYEXPAT. You can believe what he writes Would you consider approaching him, attach a different identification to him and give him a ‘feature writer spot’. No this is not a precursor to any ideas I might cherish as I would flood the site with Marxist and Jewish, propaganda of which I know… Read more »

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THIS IS WHERE THE SAYING “”JOBS FOR THE BOYS”” REALLY APPLIES.

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GO THE DONALD,YOU ARE THE BEST BY FAR..————SEE REPLIES FOR FULL LIST———- In the Washington Post Friday, former Bush speechwriter and columnist Marc Thiessen agreed and said that Trump has proven to be successful at keeping his campaign promises. He wrote, “The fact is, in his first two years, Trump has compiled a remarkable record of presidential promise-keeping.” The list: Economic Growth 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of 2018. For the first time in more than a decade, growth is projected to exceed 3 percent over the calendar year. Jobs 4 million new jobs have been created since… Read more »

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Reading between the lines

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Apologies if you’re seen this but it’s a very good response to Greta’s outburst to the UN. Simple logic and common sense debunks poor Greta’s emotional speech. You’ll have to put up with Greta for 50 seconds but the next 4-5 minutes is good,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7kKxbl-ILI

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UK truck victims were Chinese.
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TREASON … THE CRIME OF BETRAYING ONE’S COUNTRY, especially to overthrow or kill the sovereign or government.

It seems to me this is just a word in the dictionery nowadays?

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Will Texas Governor Greg Abbott Protect 7-Year-Old James Younger?

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Seems that the delving into the muddy waters of the thoroughbred racehorses for petfood scandal is getting murkier with the, main, NSW Racing regulatory body having, originally, denied any fore-knowledge now being called out for ignoring prior warning(s) .. always amazed at how no one is held accountable when employees of gummint backed organizations tell, blatant, lies!
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-24/racing-nsw-told-about-prohibited-thoroughbred-sales-2018-emails/11633132

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Finally a Climate Activist who’s got the right message.
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“Woke” …What the fuck does it mean…

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I have noticed that newsagents seem to be closing everywhere, I suppose the fact that the internet has taken over from people buying newspapers and younger generations on their phone 24/7 has something to do with it, ask your daughters and granddaughters how many of them buy the Women’s Weekly or New Idea or Women’s day, I remember in the 80’s and 90’s, everyone who got on a train or bus had a newspaper in their hand, doing the crosswords, or looking at the weekend betting odds, now it’s a phone. I was talking to a newsagent 30 years ago… Read more »

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Remember Ross Kelly’s White Board
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_rorts_affair

Well the Liberals seem to have done a similar rort before the last elections.
Image if Labor gave one of their candidates the cheque to hand over in an electorate held by the Liberals or an Independent.
Someone should lose their job.
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-25/deserving-sports-clubs-shunned-by-minister/11634632

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President Trump Cancels WaPo and NY Times Subscriptions Across ALL Federal Agencies — Saves Taxpayers Thousands and Prevents Spread of Fake News!

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Racist attack against “white bast*rds” leaves teenager with severed hand and collapsed lung A court in the UK has heard how a 20 strong gang of men have launched a vicious attack on a group of tree surgeons, cutting off the hand of a teenage worker, after they intervened to stop the abuse of an elderly lady. 27-year-old Habibur Rahman, was abusing and harassing an elderly lady in the culturally enriched town of Rochdale when a group of tree surgeons who were working near by intervened to stop him. Raham, angered at being “disrespected“, then quickly gathered a gang of… Read more »

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In an interesting week of self imposed flesh wounds for the Government, it seems Angus Taylor is the outstanding achiever. He tried to shame Clover Moore on her climate change credentials using false numbers for her travel costs. He’s not much of a talent, seems to be quite accident prone already and has a hint of corruption about him, with those credentials could he be the next great white Conservative hope for the Pickering Posters?

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Woke-ness combats bullying .. the ultimate solution arrives .. https://ibb.co/4sf3d9c

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EXCLUSIVE: Shocking photos of Congresswoman Katie Hill are revealed as she’s seen NAKED showing off Nazi-era tattoo while smoking a bong, kissing her female staffer and posing nude on ‘wife sharing’ sites

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While Mr Macron appears to be the greatest proponent of a short delay, some Brexiteers are working on convincing Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic to veto an extension entirely, as the EU27 must agree unanimously on the matter.

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What can you say except sometimes GAIA & KARMA work hand in hand LOL! ..
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Could be, might be, true story …

Last night at six o’clock in the morning a fire broke out in an empty house full of furniture, a burning person ran downstairs and jumped into an empty bucket full of cold water and was scalded to death, and is now in hospital in the best health likely to die at any moment.

Pinocchio

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It really beggars belief,
That Albo is now Labor chief,
While I drove by,
I saw him enter the Thai,
Seeking some Bangkok relief.

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The Playbook Is The Same, The Difference, Those Who Are In Control:Bill Holter

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“Time to accept failure”: Republicans aren’t just losing. They’re not even playing the game.

A few weeks ago I spoke up in New Hampshire at the invitation of the Sullivan County Republican Party, and the whole incident showed in microcosm how the far-Left has gained control of the media, the educational system, and the culture in general, without any significant pushback from those who are supposedly committed to the freedom of speech and a free society.

https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/10/time-to-accept-failure-republicans-arent-just-losing-theyre-not-even-playing-the-game

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What carbon footprints? Jet-powered aircraft have been flying the globe since the 1950s and no-one has worried about their exhaust gasses in the sixty years since. Compared to all the road traffic down below, their so-called ‘prints’ are infinitesimal. Next time you take-off, check the quagmire on our city’s clogged roads.