Unionism as we know it


from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

Or ought to know. I had a short discussion recently with a complete stranger about the Qantas’ impending demise and the unions. When I suggested that the unions should shoulder the large, if not the largest proportion of the blame, I was told, condescendingly, that the matter is not that simple. I refrained from referring her, or rather I did not think of referring her, to my article of 21 November, 2011 Don’t cry for me, QANTAS.

Now the latest from the trade unions’ class war front:


Qantas unions have a bizarre method of saving their members’ jobs. Right now it involves persuading the public that Qantas planes are unsafe and filthy:

Qantas aircraft sent for maintenance in Asia have been found with corrosion on the wings, multiple cracks, faulty engine indicators and, in the case of a 747 jumbo, three of four engines not held on properly, the aircraft engineers’ union has alleged in a dossier detailing a litany of errors…

In a bid to stop the government from relaxing the Qantas Sale Act, the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers’ Association’s federal secretary, Steve Purvinas, has used parliamentary privilege to release the dossier detailing errors on Qantas planes following heavy maintenance in Singapore, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.


The Transport Workers Union Queensland claims Qantas plans to reduce interior plane cleaning crews from six to three, and to restrict cleaning to first and business classes and the first nine rows behind them.

This management has turned this company upside down, and now they want their paying customers to sit in an uncleaned space,” TWU Queensland state secretary Peter Biagini said.

It’s like Qantas unions would rather we flew Virgin, but kept their Qantas members in jobs with subsidies.” Andrew Bolt March 15 2014

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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4 Responses to Unionism as we know it

  1. Teo Musil says:

    They know what they are doing.

  2. Sane Max says:

    Unions will never change; long time ago taken over by criminals for the benefit of the criminals, both in unions and in their political party.

  3. Dik Mik Pick says:

    Where would we be without unions? Prosperity paradise?

  4. Soup Mix Tom says:

    Dishonest and disloyal union bosses should be charged and, if convicted, jailed.

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