If you’re a nurse working in a hospital that’s constantly trying to do more with less, you need a trade union which will enforce your rights and campaign in your interest.
And if you’re a teaching assistant, social worker or local government administrator you desperately need an end to capitulation from your trade union.
We had a Labour Government from 1997 until 2010 and (whilst it is true that the worst day under a Labour Government is better than the best day under a Tory Government) UNISON members found that to be a Government which privatised our jobs and held down our living standards.
Whilst it was a tragedy that our opposition as a trade union to New Labour was so weak and ineffectual, it is a farce that, having failed to confront the far worse Governments which have succeeded New Labour, we are now invited to place our hope exclusively in the election of a Labour Government.
I suppose at least there is some honesty in the acceptance that the impoverished home care worker, the overworked nurse (or any of the other UNISON members cited by our General Secretary in his “friendly advice” to our Leader) should not place hope in our trade union.
--> I hope that the Labour Party Leader will weigh the advice he receives from his friends, taking account of their experience and achievements.