The crumbling pillars of union power

At SPC and elsewhere in the food processing, construction, motor and mining industries, the corporate bastions of union power are collapsing. Companies are choosing longevity over union dominance.

As Joe Hockey demands in cabinet that Coca-Cola Amatil effectively drastically changes the way it manages SPC Ardmona, it is clear that the union movement in Australia has never in its history been under so much pressure. The Rudd-Gillard governments – aided by Greg Combet – set up an elaborate industrial relations act to lock in union power. But it’s not working on a series of fronts.

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