Last night's speech to the Sydney Institute, wherein Martin Ferguson argued the federal government should roll back the elements of the Fair Work Act that give unions too much power over enterprise bargaining and right of entry, was exactly the sort of union bashing the Minerals Council excels at. But Mar'n is something of a strange mouthpiece for the rent-seeking resources industry, as a former unionist (and president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, no less).

Ferguson was president of the ACTU from 1990 to 1996, during which time the ACTU led the campaign for enterprise bargaining becoming the primary means by which wages were set. From 2007 to 2013 he was a senior minister in the Labor government during the creation of the Fair Work Act, which undid WorkChoices' move to individual bargaining, and solidified the process that the ACTU had put in place. notes he voted consistently for increasing trade unions powers in the workplace