I live in an area called the Riverland, an area that runs alongside the Murray River in Australia.
Here are some union issues I read in a recent newspaper.
The Winegrape Growers Association had an article about how prices per tonne of chardonnay grapes weren't enough to pay for the cost of growing the grapes.
The Riverland Winegrape Growers Association is a Union.
Yet they would fight their employees forming Unions in an attempt to get more pay or better conditions.
And then grizzle about not being paid enough themselves.
Another article went on to mourn the loss of 28 jobs at the Ramco orange juice plant.
The workers were negotiating a pay rise and their owner, Coca Cola, decided to kill their jobs and reinstate the jobs in Adelaide, a city some 2 hours drive away.
In which case the workers union could be ambivalent, they would still have union members, and they would be easier to contact as the union is based in Adelaide.
The workers will probably have to move to find work.
Overall in country towns there is an issue of the drift to the cities.
Because people live in the cities and it's only natural to help those who are near you, because they help you.
The same thing happens in the country, but the cities have more people, more players on their team, more members in their union.
In the end country towns find they start losing funding for schools, for hospitals, that manufacturing goes elsewhere.
It's because of the Unions.
Country towns don't have big enough Unions.
Unity is strength, if country towns want to survive and grow they need a bigger Union.
If the Riverland stays divided into grapegrowers, orangegrowers, employees, club and pub owners, tourist associations, sporting groups, school groups, and so on and so forth.
Then the Riverland is dead already.
Join a Union, it's in our genome.