Federal

Apr 14, 2009

Unions trade member interests for seats and influence

The revelations over the ABCC do little to explain the broader labour movement’s continuing counter-productive closeness to its lackeys in the ALP.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

This morning’s Age front page “broken promises” story reveals the real reason for the Victorian construction industry’s balaclava-clad hostility towards the Rudd government, but it does little to explain the broader labour movement’s continuing counter-productive closeness to its soul mates in the ALP.

Rudd’s apparent “change it all” moment alongside Dean Mighell in a Sydney hotel room and a subsequent “trust me” moment with some CFMEU heavies over his plans to obliterate the Australian Building and Construction Commission says a lot — not least of all about Mighell’s subsequent determination to subject the Fair Work bill to the prying eyes of the International Labor Organization.

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