I have been chatting with Bobina Piper who feels that members being allowed to contract out of political contributions is going far enough in modernising the Unions..( They get it all back from the tax payers as a modernisation grant anyway, but I digress....)
Bob if I sell an Insurance Policy, and there are unrelated charges which you have to "Contract out of " , I will soon be serving time at her Majesties pleasure for seeking to enforce a contract that does not exist….Explain why Unions are allowed to act coercively ?
You are stuck with your union. They operate in some cases( The RMT) more as a protection racket than a defence of working people . The Union comes with employment legal protection and any number of inducements quite aside from the peer pressure.
I understand and support the historical reasons for Labour combining in order to be able to take on Capital which would otherwise hold too many cards. Historical is the operative word though.In the 21st century can you really defend openly buying Policies when Un ions represent less than 20 % of the countries working population…( 18% ) . This is exploiting everyone else . No wonder Public Sector pay has soared nearly 50% faster than Private .The Public Sector as enjoys guaranteed work and final salary pensions( the rest get no pension…thanks Brown)
When the rest of us are worried about our jobs we see the Guardian’s ad columns ( itself an unnecessary bung to float the otherwise unsustainable Guardian), are still pregnant with swollen salaries for community liaison officers , Enterprise interface coordinators ,and the rest of the parasitical sinecure holders
We cannot be held to ransom by these corrupt bullies . Contributions must be capped including from the Unions . Union members are very welcome to contribute in exactly the same way as everyone else. As we all know , it is Labour’s knowledge that they won’t that really drives this false debate. Conservatives contributions are typically from small private sources and usually far below say £50,000.
Its time to clean out the stables clean limbed moral people like me will, not put up with the bribery any more .Whether it is peerages , Bernie Ecclestone, breaks for slash and burn Private Equity wide boys or buying off the Unions with tax payers money this cannot go on. I call for a new purity in Party funding and in this clean new Edenic world I see no place for the smoky back room deals of Labour and its enforcers ."
Snicker hope Bobbby like that !