A critical question for many. The short answer is “no, quite the reverse”. Our membership is moderate, level headed and resolute.
The PPU is totally committed to pro-active engagement with employers via negotiation, rather than threat, as the way forward for both our members and our industry.
However, our members enjoy the exactly same industrial protections, regardless of recognition status of the PPU in any given company.
Experience has shown that so called “compliant” unions create more industrial upheaval because they fail to understand the importance of the industrial balance that must exist between an employer and its employees’ union.
The result, as recent history has so clearly shown, is that brinkmanship pervades and the industrial climate moves towards dispute, simply because the employer is keen to test the “compliant” union’s resolve or may not fully understand the union’s agenda.
The consequence, again as recent history has so painfully demonstrated, is that members’ interests are subordinated and undermined.
Conversely, a union that conducts its business with employers on a firm, and extremely well-prepared, business-like, footing and that is totally prepared to engage, collectively, to protect its members’ interests is, paradoxically, less likely to have to “take it to the wire”, because both union and employer know, from the outset, that the union isn’t bluffing.
The PPU is founded on the policy of “we mean what we say, and we’ll do what we say” means that employers know exactly where we stand.