I am not a member of a trades union and recognise that they can in some cases help workers suffering from discrimination or being poorly treated but it’s their politics that concern me, or their saying one thing but providing support for another.
Unions in the main come across as left wing, some might even pretend to be socialist in character. However, Unions continue to support the Labour Party to the tune of 20 million pounds since Ed Miliband became the Leader of the Labour Party. Some members will be happy to provide this support, some won’t know they do and some won’t care. Some in the Union movement will argue that there has to be a balance against the vested interest of the wealthy individuals who support the Tory Party. There is even a bit of truth to that but if the TUC stands for social equality, ending child poverty, fairness , full employment etc then why on earth do they support Ed Miliband.
Surely if the trade union movement truly believe in these things then they have to stop their support for the Labour Party until the Labour Party actually stands for the same things. In my opinion what we have are two Tory parties supported by the wealthy, and the other supported by union leaders who earn enough to be classed as wealthy using poor people’s money to support the red Tory party.
It’s time for the union movement to wake up, or for it’s members to demand change to the party they support with their money because that party no longer stand up for working people.