Why the unions should leave Labor

Australia's union movement is still joined at the hip to the Gillard government, but with union membership at record lows and industrial action becoming increasingly unpopular, it needs to break away and revitalise.

Unions should leave the ALP and reconnect with their base. Instead at last week’s ACTU Congress, we saw the union movement vowing to set up a multi-million dollar campaign fund to fight the federal Coalition and business groups and introduce a Buffett-style millionaires’ tax. Unions want to recapture the momentum they had from the 2007 election campaign. They’re wasting their time and resources.

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