This month’s ACTU conference could be a bit like the last group hug on the Titanic if unions do not take what Secretary David Oliver said in his speech to the National Press Club in Canberra seriously.

Oliver told the Press Club that “new laws and agreements needed to recognise the changing nature of work” and he questioned how the current working conditions could be enforced for contractors in a new “liquid workforce” scattered all over the world. Oliver warned that the union movement is threatened by…