BY LISA COOPER
I for one shall not be rejoining the union Unite. I was frankly disgusted to see Len McCluskey handing out free ice-cream to Corbyn Cultists and gathered journalists at the embarrassing debacle that was Labour Live on Saturday.
Some good people may well still work for Unite, challenging workplace injustices and speaking out for workers’ rights across the UK. However, I do not pay my £168 to this union for my hard-earned cash to be frittered away on either free ice-cream for idiots or the bundles of Labour Live tickets the union acquired when the event was seen to be heading for the dustbin.
These kind of vanity projects all seem to involve Unite’s dodgy boss Len McCluskey, who seems to think of himself as some kind of a modern-day mafia boss, lording it over the nation by holding the Labour Party by its short and curlies and foisting the likes of the dreadful Corbyn on those of us who might have considered Labour a once viable option. In fact McCluskey is just the boss of a union that was formed to assist struggling workers; not just promote its repulsive leadership or contribute £417,300 to the acquisition of a London flat for its boss.
I am angry. I have written to Unite for a rebate. Let’s see what comes of that.
At what point was I given a say in how Unite should intertwine its functions and offices with hard socialist ideology? When were Unite members asked if the union should come down on the side of any political party? Why is Unite wasting our money on Labour? Does McCluskey not see that members like me see him giving away free ice creams to nobodies as nothing short of theft?
The great shame here is that the UK needs worker representation (as well as a sane, pragmatic opposition). Why are our unions so often headed by scumbags like McCluskey? Just look at the poor members of ASLEF who had to put up with long-haired wrecker Tosh McDonald.
Don’t these idiots realise that getting to the top of a union is really not that hard and they don’t automatically merit respect let alone warrant the power to foist their knucklehead views on members who join the union for employment assistance. Never have our trade unions been so feeble, a reflection of their leaders’ contempt for their members. They have become replete with Labour placers and run by poundshop Leninists.
It’s no coincidence that unions are dying. As Nick Cohen pointed out in March, “Membership has fallen from 13m in 1979 to 6.5m today. Unions are concentrated in the public sector, whose managers feel obliged to talk to them. In the private sector, where fighting for union recognition is a harder and hence more urgent task, a mere 14% of workers are trade unionists. Union members are more likely to be well paid than poorly paid, white collar than blue collar, old than young. McCluskey supported the old Revolutionary Socialist League when it called itself Militant and tried to take over Labour.”
Revolutionary Socialist League? What bunch of anoraks comprises that rabble? I work in the public sector where occasionally Citizen Smiths come across my radar but what on earth is the Revolutionary Socialist League? Never heard of it… it sounds like something out of Monty Python. As for Militant, they have the reputation of a venereal disease. Why the hell am I paying money towards the fat salary of a fool who espouses these kind of hard left, redundant political ideas? I don’t want to be associated with that kind of political trash. How dare McCluskey waste my money on promoting such nonsense by backing Corbyn.
Just like the BBC admitting last year that it props up The Guardian, so the dying institutions calling themselves unions in the UK should fess up to the fact that they prop up this middle class socialist charade that for years has done so much to damage the UK and its standing in the world. It is long past time that these cushy-job parasites – including the BBC with its licence fee – were exposed to the real world, to hard work and real people. Time they saw Lenin as the mass murderer he was. And time they faced the music of the Market – the hard work expected of public sector strivers such as me – and that decent, politically neutral people took up the mantle of workers’ rights.
Guest Writer Lisa works for the NHS.