Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?

I always find it difficult to remain objective when writing about British Labour Unions, mainly due to the fact that I routinely detest their very existence. I am not denying their usefulness, especially in bygone days, when the working man was discriminated against in a big way by both employers and the State. But we, the commentators, the thinkers, people who both think and act, by our writings, by our very stance, should at least protest at the way that well-intentioned institutions have been suborned into well-funded mouthpieces for both hard-line Left-Wing and Communist style verbiage and propaganda.

The original intentions behind the birth of the Labour Union movement was to attempt to negotiate, through solidarity, better conditions for those workforces the union represented. It was a noble endeavour, and in many ways, succeeded. The struggle for acceptance was long, hard and sometimes dangerous, but it should never be forgotten that the early Union pioneers had the well-being in mind not only of the workers they represented, but also the owners and employers, because they shrewdly understood that a rich man could simply shut up shop and move elsewhere if too much pressure was placed on him from a ‘wages’ or ‘conditions’ standpoint.

Yes, many grievous wrongs were righted, and yes, it is logical for negotiations to be carried out between employer and workers’ representatives, but the Union movement has carried out a ‘sea change’ both in the manner of their operations, and in the manner of their thinking. Various amalgamations and shrinkages have occurred within the Union movement, with the result being that the majority of Trade Unions are led and represented by hard-line ultra-left wing activists. This has brought a fairly calm and level-headed labour force to be marched onto the barricades in search of agreements all designed to force confrontation with the employer. We see the RMT, we watch as Unite threaten the very livelihoods they are supposed to represent as they stand impassive and intransigent before an Employer, whether it be BAA, BA, or the London Underground.

We should, by now, be used to ‘bolshie’ Unions talking up the ‘industrial action’ routine, every time they want more; more money, more time off, more ‘perks’. But I believe a step too far has been taken by the GMB union, paymaster of the Labour Party to the tune of £1.5 million in the first part of this year, when their spokesman stated that it could withhold its financial support if David Miliband or Ed Balls is chosen as the new leader. These people at the top of unions have wormed, twisted and bullied their way to the top of the union pile, and now they want to subvert a democratic process for the Labour Party leadership because they only support one of the three main contenders. I wonder if the average Union member agrees with the hard-left stance taken by their Representatives? I know what I would be planning if I were a Union member