Unions may well feel justifiably aggrieved by the findings – and impact – of the trade union royal commission, but there are nonetheless lessons to be learnt from them.
While trade unions still exert some influence on the ALP, it is nowhere near as much as it once was.
A diminishing membership base, changes to labour and industry and heightened political attention has left the once-powerful trade union movement flailing.
With union membership at just 15% of the workforce and declining, trade unions are looking at new ways to build their membership bases.
The key issues from the Royal Commission into union activities were about governance, but these are not being addressed.
University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Stephen Parker and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.