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29 December 2009

WUDC 2010 Rd1 Motion

Motion for Round 1 of the 2010 World Universities Debating Championships:

That this house would ban labour unions.


  1. Andy Hume1:42 pm

    Hmmmm.... I'd say that's a bit hard on Prop. (And I'm a Tory.)

  2. Depends how they define it. Banning labour unions in essential services should set up a good debate.
    In contrast the "COMMUNISTS! Evil lazy hairy communists everywhere!" argument is a little tough on 2nd Prop (but I'd run it in masters).

  3. Coming from a country where it is not sure how much good the labour union actually did, I am not sure it is as hard as you are presenting it, even if not entering only the field of "essential services".
    Especially when one asks whether al or only some government offices are "essential services", and whether that means that the government workers should not have one...
    Enough room, even in the private sector - "let the market powers do their own and good will result" (Adam Smith) is a good enough debate, imho.

  4. Anonymous7:45 pm

    I think it's possible to set up a union as a anti-competitive practice, and labour as a product like any other.

  5. Anonymous3:11 pm

    Juz asking..sorry for my ignorance..i don't really understand what exactly is labour union and what countries practice it..? wiki makes it even more confusing..


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