Union bullying was once again on display this month when the head of the CFMEU in Victoria threatened to hunt down inspectors working for the Australian Building and Construction Commission, to “expose” them and make their children ashamed of their parents. It’s business as usual for the union movement, which has augmented classic standover tactics with more modern ways to intimidate individuals.
Now a particularly nasty part of the movement has broadened its attacks to target small business people, their families and their employees. Their crime? Disagreeing with the unions on a matter of policy.
It’s important to acknowledge that most unionists and lefties in Australia are fine people with agendas around fairness, social cohesion and welfare. But the people targeting the destruction of business people’s lives cannot claim to be of the thinking Left; their behaviour is more akin to far-right extremists, skinheads and anarchists, who use violence to get what they want.