This myth is propagated by the Liberal Government to trick people into thinking that unions should be businesses that use ‘hooks’ or gimmicks to attract customers. The reason that they do this is to try and steer people away from the real functions of the union in an attempt to make you question your “value for money”. The fact is that the union movement doesn’t offer you free steak knives because that is not its role. Don’t be fooled by this ploy. Just like the RAA, you may never use the union’s extra services but the union is still working for you and representing your interests where it counts.