Jun 3, 2016

Election deciders: trade unions

How do does the trade union movement flex its muscle during elections?

Sally Whyte — Political reporter

Sally Whyte

Political reporter

Voters in marginal seats will find it hard to miss the union movement’s campaigning in the lead-up to the July 2 election, with about 5000 volunteers knocking on doors, handing out flyers and making hours upon hours of phone calls to swing votes. With manpower and a deep war chest raised over years from levies on members, unionists are hoping they can repeat the success of the Victorian and Queensland elections by taking down a one-term government with the slogan “put the Liberals last”.

Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) has been planning for this election since the start of 2015, continuing the momentum gained from the knockout blow delivered to Denis Napthine’s Liberals, targeting the electorates of Melbourne’s sandbelt in the south-eastern suburbs.

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5 thoughts on “Election deciders: trade unions

  1. sang froid

    Regardless, a vote for the ALP is a vote for general thuggery and, more specifically, for the CFMEU and labourers earning a multiple of that earned by teachers and nurses. And Shorten is their ‘light on the hill’.

    1. dennis

      Thank you Sue, logic rules i hope, Labourers earning a multiple of that earned by teachers and nurses, is false flagging bull poop, ever done teaching or nursing, it bloody hard labour/work, not like your IPA mates Sang, sitting on their lazy backsides with lazy thinking making up bull poop all the time.

    2. Srs21

      Why would you say Union thuggery? If it wasn’t for the Unions, where would your excellent wages and conditions be today? Never forget that ! Sure there are some rats in the ships but overall we’ve done very well.

  2. Sue Miills

    LNP has demonstrated an astounding inability to play fair over many years, showing little respect for the independence of commissioners, government institutions or Authorities…or the Rule of Law. In every possible way they have undermined the system with political placements & almost completed the coup. Though I expect (and am not looking forward to ) cries of “Union Thuggery”, it may be that Unions are our only chance to regain what was a system to be proud of. Bring back checks & balances.

  3. AR

    That pic reminds me of the Iron Duke’s comment after reviewing his troops prior to Waterloo.

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