The protracted dispute between Qantas and unions which has led to the grounding of the company’s entire fleet is an example of something we don’t want to catch up with.
No-one wins from action like this.
Travellers are inconvenienced, freight is held up, staff lose pay and the company loses money and customers.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say something like this couldn’t happen here, but it is less likely to.
Some on the left are under the mistaken impression that stronger unions are one of the reasons that Australia’s economy does better than ours.
On the contrary, it would do even better if they had more flexible employment laws like we do.