While we’re being frightened out of our wits on prime-time TV, in the leadup to the election, by ads featuring scary Unions (Ooga-booga!) we might do well to think of the outcome of monday’s rockfall at the Lihir Ballarat gold mine. The miners survival was in large part due to safety measures such as oxygen equipment and safety chambers. Not to mention protective clothing, boots and helmets. Such measures exist because those dreadful trade unions have worked for years to make workplaces safer.
If the incident had occurred in China or the Ukraine where independent unions are stifled by repressive governments, the outcome might have been very different.
Oh, and I support today’s teacher’s strike as well.
Crossposted at Road to Surfdom