Toyota unions pushing the firm over the edge

The Australian reported, ‘Late yesterday, Toyota Australia’s cost-cutting strategy received a serious setback when a Federal Court judge blocked the company from holding a meeting of employees today to consider changes to their workplace agreement, ruling that the carmaker had breached the “no extra claims” provision of the workplace agreement covering employees.

‘Toyota Australia president and chief executive Max Yasuda said he was disappointed with the outcome, and the company was considering its options, including an appeal.’

The federal judge concerned, Mordecai Bromberg has a solid ALP past but lost his one attempt at ALP pre-selection in 2001.  Doubtless his ALP credentials proved invaluable when he, like many other Labor Party simpaticos, got appointed as a judge in the Federal Court by the Rudd/Gillard governments.

Judge Bromberg has proven to be extremely activist and inventive in his legal interpretations.  He was behind the disgraceful interpretation of section 18 of the Racial Discrimination Act, concluding that Andrew Bolt was a racist following the latter accurately describing some individuals who see themselves as aboriginal as “fair skinned”.

He was also one of three judges who determined that a Canberra public servant who sustained injuries during sexual intercourse with a colleague in a motel should be compensated.

Now he has ruled in favour of the same unions whose actions have been instrumental in destroying Ford and Holden as local manufacturers to prevent Toyota workers deciding for themselves whether to will agree to work practices that will allow the productivity improvements and cost savings that will enable it to remain manufacturing in Australia.  On past record the workers are more likely than not to vote for their own demise if the alternative is inferior conditions.  But the union leadership was clearly unsure of the outcome and, fortunately or not, they came before a well-disposed judge.

Unless there is a successful appeal, it will now be more than six months before a deal can be put to the workforce.  The time bought by such a delay will not work in favour of Toyota deciding to remain in business in Australia.

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30 Responses to Toyota unions pushing the firm over the edge

  1. M Ryutin

    Motor vehicle unions have a death wish and by that action to stop the vote has, unless there is an appeal (or revolt amongst the union members), committed themselves to suicide.

  2. Bruce

    The AMWU Toyota members would fit right in the Judean People’s Front Suicide Squad.

  3. Gab

    (or revolt amongst the union members)

    lol with redundancy packages of $300,000 – $500,000 they’re not going to be in any hurry to save their jobs.

  4. will

    Judge Mordy also featured in today’s news regarding a sexual harassment award, highest ever, to a rape victim where the accused was found not guilty of rape

  5. Fisky

    On past record the workers are more likely than not to vote for their own demise if the alternative is inferior conditions.

    And when they lose their jobs, they’ll blame “capitalism”. Morons.

  6. Fisky

    Bromberg. It figures. One of the most destructive figures in public life.

  7. JC

    Judge Mordy also featured in today’s news regarding a sexual harassment award, highest ever, to a rape victim where the accused was found not guilty of rape

    You’re kidding right?

  8. Jannie

    Talk about Turkeys voting for Christmas. But maybe Gab is right, the golden handshake they receive may make it a smart decision to drive Toyota to the wall.

  9. tomix

    According to the Courier Mail, the bloke was arrested, but never charged. If the report of her injuries is accurate, he might still be in front.

  10. Judith Sloan

    Mordy was also the judge who struck down significant parts of the Victorian government’s construction code of conduct as violating the Fair Work Act. He is just a puppet of Labor and the union movement, following a very long line of shonky federal court judges who work in the industrial relations space.

  11. Andrew

    I have heard a lot of decent things about NT Chief Minister Adam Giles and this confirms it on the Holden issue.

    But Northern Territory Chief Minister Adam Giles says the issue should trigger a fresh look at union influence.

    “I think more and more people are starting to understand the negative impacts of unions and their involvement in the workplace around many businesses,” he said.

  12. Mordy was also the judge who struck down significant parts of the Victorian government’s construction code of conduct as violating the Fair Work Act. He is just a puppet of Labor and the union movement, following a very long line of shonky federal court judges who work in the industrial relations space.

    Now that would take some wriggling to achieve. The Fair Work Act is so ambiguous just about anything could be found to be in breach of it…. oh wait… that was the idea.

    Do these dickheads realise the contempt in which they are held by the general public? I know people whose opinion of the judiciary is so low that they refuse to stand when a judge enters a courtroom (I’ve been guilty of same myself)

  13. Mike of Marion

    Steve at the Pub

    No – the judges are next to immune from action and are permanently attached to the public trough.

  14. tomix

    Of course, the other side of exorbitant pay and conditions for car workers is the implicit understanding: Thou shalt not oppose the Union. No government can pass legislation preventing people from selling their souls.

  15. Ian

    Judge Mordy – the new Pat O’Shane?

  16. tomix

    Turn it up. Someone named “Mordy” could never instil the kind of fear that Pat O’Shane did.

  17. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    This is not a ‘bug’ with modern organised criminal gangs erm… unions. It’s a feature of modern organised criminal gangs erm… unions.

    Australian shipbuilding? Killed by modern organised criminal gangs erm… unions.

    Car industry? Killed by modern organised criminal gangs erm… unions.

    These thieving incompetent whoremongering arseholes steal from erm… represent 18% of the workforce and declining, and represent the greatest job-destroying movement in Australia.

  18. Pickles

    Adam Giles has some very serious supporters from very surprising quarters.

  19. hzhousewife

    Do these dickheads realise the contempt in which they are held by the general public? I know people whose opinion of the judiciary is so low that they refuse to stand when a judge enters a courtroom (I’ve been guilty of same myself)

    No. They are not of the real world. I am closely related to one. That is my observation over the
    last 50 yrs watching a career develop. Entirely alien to day to day life of the common people.

  20. Stateless, free and happy

    Some of you guys seem all too keen to attack unions and workers and too all eager to defend employers.

    My father worked at Toyota’s Port Melbourne plant, as did several other friends, back in the 70s. It would take too long to give you guys a feel for what it was like to work there. Incompetent managers, bully foremen, often terrible working conditions. Their union – the Vehicle Builders Union – was known as the VBU or Very Bad Union. Not because it destroyed jobs, but because it too often sided with management at the expense of its members.

    Good riddance to car manufacturers. Instead of blaming each other, both the ALP and the Coalition should be fighting to take credit in eradicating this drain on the taxpayer. 30 thousands jobs is trivially small in a dynamic economy.

  21. Pickles

    Meanwhile, 40 yrs later….

  22. Stateless, free and happy

    Indeed Pickles. 40 years later. 40 years too late, but better late than never.

  23. egg_

    Entirely alien to day to day life of the common people.

    Ditto an ex in-law and retired member of the Bar.

  24. caveman

    Good let Toyota fold pack up and go home. No one has any problems buying cheap cars from overseas. Im sure there is a majority of workers that want to put bread on the table , but they going to die starving with unions. Times changing and if that means the demise of unions fukn great.

  25. I am the Walrus, koo koo k'choo

    In the week that Holden pulls up stumps, Mordy gives the unionists all the rope they need to garrot themselves.

    And we’re only three months into an Abbott government.

    Please god, let it continue, all the way to the bankruptcy of the Labor party and the final destruction of union power.

  26. JB5

    Only problem, what’s the narrative? It’s all Abbott’s fault, the friggin union is even running ads blaming Abbott for the entire destruction of Australian manufacturing. Facts, what facts….low info voter doesn’t care about facts comrade…

  27. candy

    Facts, what facts….low info voter doesn’t care about facts comrade…

    It’s more not being in a position of understanding those facts, I think, JB5. It makes it very hard for Tony Abbott. He’ll never bring those groups over to his side.
    It’s only the start by the unions, I fear.

  28. Entropy

    My father worked at Toyota’s Port Melbourne plant, as did several other friends, back in the 70s. It would take too long to give you guys a feel for what it was like to work there. Incompetent managers, bully foremen, often terrible working conditions. Their union – the Vehicle Builders Union – was known as the VBU or Very Bad Union. Not because it destroyed jobs, but because it too often sided with management at the expense of its members.

    So what you are saying is that people were not appointed to managerial positions on the basis of their job performance, but their connections to VBU officials. These management cronies and the VBU fixed the system to their own benefit rather than the workers.

    Sounds like nothing has changed in the car industry to me.

  29. fred

    I work at Toyota and I can tell you the proposed changes were illegal according to our WPA…. Thus making management the criminals…. The company claimed that they wanted to make the changes to offset a 17 million cost increase due to pay rises that have been agreed to and costed by the company…. We the workers offered to forego the pay increases. The company said no.
    Some of the changes included compulsory overtime, 3 step termination, and the company would be allowed to employ contractors for up to 3 years for $300 dollars a week less than a skm2…….
    Can’t support ot, warning (12months), have to pick up your kids or go to the doctor, 2nd warning….. Rumours of the company’s desire to make 60% of it’s workforce contractors have been flying around for a couple of years now.
    We would never have voted yes anyway….. We have the choice of voting yes and being sacked, or voting no and being made redundant. We were told before the courts decision was made that there were going to be more redundancies early 2014 anyway….. By the way the average workers will receive approx 50,000 – 80,000 fyi. Don’t make your judgements based on bad and incomplete information you find in the media…. We suggested many ways the company could save more than 17million per year but they were not interested.

  30. fred

    Btw, the company claim that there is a $3800 gap in costs when comparing us to other plants…. Toyota is on a five year transformation process… The company claim that the proposed changes that were blocked would save $157 per car. They showed us graphs and diagrams explaining that the remainder if the gap has been filled, but it will take a few years to implement them all….. So according to them by the time they are finished transforming the place there will only be a gap of $157 per vechile, but all pay increases are costed by the company before being agreed to….. Hmmmmmmm.

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