Friday, November 05, 2010
Why Has Trade Union Solidarity Diminished?
Yesterday I took part in a fascinating film by former BBC Industrial Correspondent, Nick Jones, which looked at the issue of trade union solidarity and compared the situation today with the 1970s and 1980s.
In the discussion which followed Nick's report, Matt Wrack from the FBU gave a completely different reason for abandoning today's fire strike to that given earlier yesterday evening. The issue of the ability of the London Fire Authority to provide cover wasn't mentioned at all. Instead, he alleged there had been a move on the part of the employers to withdraw the threat of sackings. That will come as news to Brian Coleman who told me the exact opposite on LBC last night. Still, the main thing is, there isn't going to be a strike today, and that has to be a good thing.
What a shame BBC News staff are going ahead with their strike today, though. Most of 5 Live will be off air, thus denying Mehdi Hasan and me the opportunity to lock horns on the Nolan paper review tonight. Such is life :).
UPDATE: David Seymour's book (with Jo Phillips) WHY JOIN A TRADE UNION can be bought HERE.