9 day fortnights just for union members?

Imagine the uproar if Labour introduced assistance which enabled union members but not other staff who didn’t belong to unions to work nine-day fortnights.

That seems to be what’s being suggested now and my first reaction isn’t positive.

We’re facing unusual times and it is impossible to spend taxpayers’ money on a scheme like this in a way which doesn’t advantage some people and disadvantage others unless assistance is universal.

But at first glance spending tens of millions of dollars on a scheme for which at best 15% of the workforce is eligable looks like giving too much to too few.

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