You Are The Owner Of Your Own Labour
Don’t let the Tories tie you down
The right to treat one’s labour as a commodity; the right to organise; the right to collectively bargain with employers, and the right to strike were fought for with blood over many years. Margaret Thatcher’s government did much to diminish those rights and, in doing so, damaged and weakened the Labour movement – to the point where union power was not only brought to (in her view) ‘acceptable’ levels but to levels whereby unions find it difficult to counter bad employers at all. Union education has suffered, many young workers have been led to believe that unions were to blame for all the ills of this country and some of them, almost unbelievably, don’t even know what a trade union is, or does. The Labour Party, having dropped clause 4 and unashamedly weakened the supremacy of its own conference beyond recognition took a mammoth lurch to the right of center ground politics (a position it has never retreated from) to become ‘New Labour’. Wooing the aspirational middle classes instead of fighting for their traditional working class supporters became their route to power – power at any price. Now New Labour, constantly embarrassed by Tory jeers about being ‘owned’ by the unions “lock, stock, and block vote” have given in instead of having the guts to say “yes, and we support those trade unions. They were the reason for our birth” have begun the process of dismantling trade union links. Today’s Tory party however aren’t satisfied, and are proposing a new set of anti-union laws which even Thatcher’s government could only have dreamed about. If the Tories win the next general election in 2015 they have announced plans to make the organisation of a legal strike close to impossible via a new burden of multiple red tape and a requirement that at least 50% of those eligible to vote actually vote, and in a secret postal ballot. If you are reading this and think it’s of no importance for you – perhaps you currently don’t belong to a union for instance – think again. If nothing else it is yet another blow dealt by this government to the democracy we live in. And the hypocrisy of it all too is absolutely stunning. The current Tory party have, effectively alone, governed this country for four years without an overall majority in the house of commons and what seats they did win were won from an electoral turnout of 65.1% for an event advertised, and fought over with huge TV coverage, for months. If you are an employee you, quite simply, must NOT allow this to happen. It will be yet another road for the classes of the political elite to tread on you, coerce you, and crush you. Anything else I would have to say is covered in this excellent blog from glynismilward189 : Plans to Shackle Industrial Action Have a More Sinister Purpose.