I get confused easily. There is the organisation above (click the picture) and there are two other organisations as well. The above, it seems to me, is in no way analogous to a trade union. That second link offers a world-wide and historical perspective. When I was at Uni I did not avail myself of all the Union’s offerings, though I certainly used a lot of the discounts. I used also to have these fantasies, which I often indulged, of being in a Club, rather like the ones I had read about in things like Sherlock Holmes. I did not take up smoking a pipe or cigars or drinking port, but I came close. Indeed, I suspect the Sydney University Union was an imitation of The Oxford Union; even the architecture of the older Sydney University Union buildings seems to be in imitation — see pic, which is Oxford.
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We all note that Mister Howard, Mister Andrews, and all the rest of the crew inevitably speak of WORKPLACE REFORM. Well of course they would. The thesaurus makes clear how the word sits in the connotation stakes:
alteration, amelioration, betterment, change, correction, enhancement, improvement, mending, modification, rectification, reform, reformation, remedy, repair, revision
What they are actually proposing is WORKPLACE CHANGE, which could well connote:
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In view of recent developments and today’s stop-work meetings it seems appropriate to see why the workers have always needed to unite to protect their rights and interests, and while this obviously inconveniences employers and shareholders, they ought to do so in any society which aspires to any degree of economic and political freedom. The current Australian government in hell-bent on removing organised labour from the equation, alleging this is in fact a bonus for workers’ individual rights. The fact is the only power workers have is collective power, and the big end of town, the supporters of John Howard, and sadly too many ordinary (aspirational?) folk have been sucked into Howard’s way of thinking, partly because, it has to be admitted, many unions or union leaders fell into the trap of power themselves, or became unnecessarily bloody-minded, or too ideologically driven.
Mind you, the current government is the most ideologically driven one since Whitlam’s, and does it far more successfully.