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Are Unions in the 21st Century dead People may tell you that the union movement is dead or dying that unions have little relevance in todays society The numbers of Australian union members has definitely decreased in the past few decades but does this mean that the end is near Because of the declining trends in union density and people thinking unions are outdated it has come up for debate Are unions in the 21st century dead It is my role today to debate whether the statement is true or false In my opinion I think the statement is false Unions are frequently in the news most people will have heard of unions and have some notions about what they are even if these are not always accurate And the reporting of unions usually emphasises conflict For the same reason conflict sells newspapers it can arouse interest among people Unions have shaped the way most people in Australia and in many other countries live they have played an important role in Australian history Lets look at the real issue of how unions really benefit our economy If it were not for unions we would be living like the communists did in the Soviet Union some 10 years ago We would basically be a fascist country The Tolpuddle Martyrs were perhaps Australias first unionists although their involvement with this country was not one of choice In 1833 6 poor farm labourers from Tolpuddle England met with a view to forming a union They had sought a pay increase of only 1 shilling as other farm labourers were receiving 10- As a result of their demands their pay was reduced A union seemed the only way to achieve decent pay For trying to form a union the 6 were charged with the obscure crime of administering an illegal oath They had little chance of acquittal when their trial came up as
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