Closed Shop Agreement Uk
I draw attention to the fact that, in an orderly society, our goals should be the greatest good for the greatest number, and we cannot agree to tolerate what anarchy and chaos would be if we allowed it. From this point of view, the freedom of the greatest number within the industry is equally sought and this question of freedom is therefore subject to conditions. It is not just for an individual to put himself in a position, regardless of what the large number of his colleagues sees. What does the question of a closed store mean? This certainly implies, as several colleagues have said, that those who take advantage of the negotiating machine that has been put in place should indeed play their part in ensuring the continuity of this machine. In our view, this is exactly what the closed store entails, and these days, when the trade union movement has taken on many more responsibilities than ever before, it is all the more incumbents for trade unionists to ensure that their side of the bargain and their type of responsibility is shared equally by all those who participate in the advantage. All forms of closed business in the Commonwealth are illegal under the 1996 Labour Relations Act. There was an attempt by the Howard government to change the definition of what represented a closed store as part of the 1999 Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (More Jobs, More Pay).  However, the invoice was subsequently rejected.  Although I support this amendment for many reasons, I would first like to support it solely for reasons of trade union policy. I want to show that the closed store is a bad thing, not just for Britain, but for the trade union movement.
I think it is bad, first of all, because it promotes unhealthy trade unionism; second, because it promotes unionism that has diminished and, third, because it can promote corrupt trade unionism. I would like to say a word about each of these statements. The moral authority of a leader of a 710 union rests on the fact that he is voluntarily elected by free men to represent them. Once the element of conscription is introduced into union membership, the moral authority resulting from the free selection of leaders by free men disappears. As a representative of my own union, when I go to a government department, when I claim to represent 130,000 men, the department knows that each of those 130,000 volunteers, and none of them, is a conscript, if we change 85 per cent.