OPINION

Abuse of union power

In this country the union movement is on the wrong path. We do not intend here to question the need for union action and its importance for the protection of workers’ fundamental rights. But in cases where union demands seem to border on the absurd, one cannot help but reconsider certain aspects. For example, how can unions organize work stoppages to protest the dismissal of tram workers who violated every possible measure of professionalism and at the same time put public safety at risk? Union bodies should by themselves aim to protect the common good against such incidents. Unfortunately, however, unionists increasingly seem to defend the most extreme forms of disciplinary offenses in an erroneous looking-after-one’s-own sense of solidarity. It’s a distorted perception of social values. This and similar events cause justified anger among the public, who will not put up with such an abusive use of union power.