How not to promote trade unionism 2
It must be something about men called Bob.
Bob Piper has gone into one here about me criticising Bob Crow of the RMT's walkout during Blair's speech.
As someone whose salary as a Labour Organiser back in the mid-90s was 66% funded by the RMT I actually have a lot of time for them as a union - or for what they used to be under Jimmy Knapp.
Apparently Bob P thinks Bob C stands up for his members. My take is there are more constructive ways to get better working conditions and pay for your members - and keep their jobs - than:
- staging walkouts from speeches by Labour Prime Ministers to get yourself on telly - which is just rude, and only served to make Blair look dignified and them like dinosaurs
- shouting "scab" at the Mayor of London (although he deserved it for standing against an official Labour candidate, which was not the point the RMT were making)
- yourself as a union scabbing on the Labour Party you as the NUR founded by getting yourself kicked out for funding the soon-to-split Caledonian Trots of the SSP
- using strike action as a first resort rather than a last one so that millions of London tube users associate trade unions with a 3 hour journey to work rather than being organisations that might help them get a better deal from their employers
Meanwhile Jon Rogers tells us the TUC have been debating Trident. Unless of course you are a GMB member in the Barrow shipyard hoping to build the next generation of the things I would imagine the average union member would be a bit fed up to find that their £10 a month membership fee was helping fund completely theoretical debates on foreign and defence policy.