My regular reader will have figured out by now that I am not a great admirer of Len McCluskey who is, in my humble opinion, little better than a third world bully boy dictator.
Back in July ’13 I wrote a piece about democracy and the Unions concerning an attempt to build Unite cells in Labour constituencies – a short of pyramid selling scheme only for activists not salesmen.
Then in November the same year, I wrote a piece called ‘When is a union not a union?’ – answer : when it cares more about personal power and political influence than it does about the wishes of it’s members!
Now rewind to March 2012 and the great Olympic Fiasco. Here comes unite again, a bunch of opportunist bastards when McCluskey urged his members and the other unions to use the games as, in his words, ‘a leverage point’ to fight the government’s austerity measures.
And then as the games drew near, Unite urged it’s members to take strike action to force through an Olympic sizes bung to cover all their extra workload. What fucking extra workload, I asked, A bus is a bus, a train is a train. Just a bunch of greedy bastards out for themselves and fuck the country!
And let’s not forget the petrol tanker drivers strike of April 2012 and the manipulation of Miliband by Unite. Did Red Ed condemn the strike. Of course not. And naturally that had nothing to do with the £115,000 that Unite donated to him to help his leadership campaign. Of course, not. Perish the thought!
Then in July 2012, Unite called on the government to keep the uneconomic Coryton refinery open when it went bust, just to keep it’s members in work. I wasn’t unsympathetic to the plight of the workers, but threatening industrial action when you’re already out of work is just not in the real world.
So let’s fast forward back tot he present day and the forthcoming general election. The Conservatives have said that they want to introduce legislation to force unions to have a predefined quorum in strike ballots. This is only right and proper as the majority should not be force to strike by a non-representaive minority of activists. If you can’t produce a 50% turnout in a strike ballot then, IMHO, you shouldn’t be allowed to call a strike.
Now I know what you’re going to say. The government gets elected with less than a 50% turnout so why shouldn’t the unions work the same way. You have a point but I would argue that two wrongs don’t make a right. See my previously published views on electoral reform. You might even argue that such a situation makes Cameron a hypocrite. I wouldn’t argue against that either.
But what is really getting my piss boiling is McCluskey’s announcement last week that is such balloting legislation is introduced into law, then he will ignore it. Think about that for a minute. He – will – ignore – the – law!
So here’s the real question – who runs the country? The duly elected government of the day or the Unions? Not only is Unite the biggest Labour Party contributor and not only does it openly boast that they put Miliband in the job, but now they are saying that that the law will not apply to them.
So in May, never mind the ‘Vote UKIP get Labour’ Tory bollocks – how about ‘Vote Miliband, get McCluskey‘
Well, don’t say I didn’t warn you…