And I’m not talking traditional software companies here!
News that the Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) and the National Distribution Union (NDU) are in talks about a merger. I’ve always been dubious about unions – my experiences have largely revolved around loud mouthed pommie imports (and some of my best friends are poms – don’t get me wrong), stirring up the workers with cries of “united we stand, divided we fall”.
I’ve seen a number of times workers “forced” to do things they didn’t really want to through some kind of groupthink, power of the masses mentality.
I believe that traditional unions are a barrier to New Zealand pulling itself out of the economic mire.
I also believe that, rather than spending time and efforts on unions to “protect workers rights” we should put all our efforts into growing our economy, such that employees are such valuable parts of our organisations that no employer in its right mind would consider treating them with anything but 120% respect.
What do others think?