December 15th, 2011

Former TUC president Dougie Rooney opposes Pilgrims:

unions are at their strongest when they pay their own way…”


5 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Thats why he is a former leader.

  2. 2
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Hey Guido, can we have the rest of Rooney’s obiter dicta in seen elsewhere?

  3. 3
    Rank and file mandated officers, not Pilgrims says:

    He’s correct.

    Full time union ‘reps’ cook up deals with the bosses and almost never consult members. When they do it’s to tell everyone what a great deal they’ve extracted against the odds. Bullsh*t.

  4. 4
    MrAngry61 says:

    Does that mean that unions should stop claiming public handouts from the Union Modernisation Fund?

  5. 5
    Some Geezer wot knows who's getting a sweet deal says:

    Fee-shifting– unions got that brilliant idea from the shysters. “Don’t worry, it won’t cost you a thing. When all’s said and done the other side will pay my fee, it’s built into the amount of damages, don’t you know.” Which translates to, “Don’t worry, you’re not paying for me to organise, the public will do that.”

    The fallacy, of course, being that as litigiousness increases, prices of goods and services increase to absorb the cost of higher liability insurance (assuming it’s available.) Likewise their union members may not be paying Pilgrims directly, but every public sector worker pays taxes which go to pay a Pilgrim in another agency, no? All right, so they don’t pay in full (the public will take up the slack), but they’re not immune.

    The Piper has this annoying habit– he demands to be paid.


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