May 01, 2006

Unionism = Cobblers

Mr [Brendan] Barber told the rally: "No longer should British workers like the Peugeot workers in Coventry find that they are the cheapest and easiest in Europe to get rid of when the going gets tough – and we send them a message of solidarity today." He added: "We need stronger unions allowed by law to give workers a powerful voice at work, supporting each other in solidarity."
- BBC News Online

Surely workers in Coventry will be laid off if they are the least productive, most expensive to train, hire and employ in Europe? What exactly are Unions going to do to stop this? Stronger Unions are far more likely to end in layoffs, as necessary restructuring measures that would have turned Ryton into a Sunderland or Swindon would have been opposed.

Unless Unions regain some sense of reality, they'll become even more irrelevant than they appear today, and do even more damage to their own members.


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  1. I think Mr O'Brien's point is that if British workers are
    a)cheapest
    and also
    b)totally unprotected and easy to fire
    If our workers are completely sackable, more so than on the continent even, then what's the point in being paid so little.

    What do we gain thus from having weak unions and easy fire laws. We lose business, NO new industry is springing up due to the wondrous mythical entrepeneurial spirit/pro–business anti worker conditions.

    Basically its lose lose for Britains workers, but no one cares.

    As for "Unless Unions regain some sense of reality, they'll become even more irrelevant than they appear today, and do even more damage to their own members." The Unions are supposed to protect the interests of their members, who want better conditions, better wages, and most importantly JOBS. At least under a state run industrial sector they had job security, and there WAS industry in England, even if it was bloated and inefficient. Now its just not.

    02 May 2006, 03:09

  2. I hate those pesky Unions

    03 May 2006, 09:03


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