A contribution to a discussion among Workers Party members
I don’t have a problem in principle with unions calling on the government to intervene on redundancies.
Its a call that can come up from the floor of union meetings.
If I had a say at such a meeting I’d say, well, I don’t expect the bastards to do anything, and the history of both parties shows that they’re unlikely to help now. However,we’ve got nothing to lose so if you want to put it to them, it can’t hurt to try. I’d couple that with specific concrete demands related to the specific situation, to try and forestall any unwanted type of government help, such as counselling. It certainly is inadequate and a betrayal for union leaders to call on the government for help and leave it at that. Read the rest of this entry »