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Labour Will Give Unions $150 Million A Year

Freedom and choice are at the heart of every political decision. You must decide whether you support freedom or whether you support the collective making your life decisions for you.

Labour's industrial relations policy is opposed to choice.

Today you can choose whether to join a union, or choose a bargaining agent or represent yourself. Under Labour, by law only unions will be able to represent you in a collective agreement. By law, you won't be able to receive the wages or benefits without joining the union. Compulsory unionism by the back door.

The average trade union charges $500 a year in fees. You will find that you have to pay it. ACT says it is wrong in a free society. I would remind you that some 300,000 workers have left trade unions since they became voluntary.

Forcing 300,000 to re-join trade unions will give the unions an extra $150 million a year. Labour's industrial policy has nothing to do with fairness, freedom or choice. It's all about giving trade unions, who in turn finance the Labour party, another $150 million a year.

It's the equivalent, for a worker being forced to join a union, of a 1% tax increase.


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