Unions need fo­cus on work­ers

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

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.

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