Unions need focus on workers
I WAS so surprised this week as I read that the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union would be changing their name so as to speak out on ideas other than workplace issues.
The new description of the union left something to be desired when they adopted the title United Voices.
I assume from this move that all members in all industries covered by the organisation are happy with their working conditions, and that none are being coerced into working unpaid overtime, or are being paid less than their awards state they should be.
United Voices has the perception of being a social club, not an industrial organisation which should be looking after members’ industrial interests.
At this present time in Australia’s history these workers are precisely those who need very active organisers, backed up by a strong secretariat. SHAUN NEWMAN, Deeragun.