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Friday, 29 May 2015

Crippling the Unions is a fight against the EU

The Unions are as much a part of the EU establishment as the ERT - the club of global corporates who help shape EU policy. They all share a common purpose. Imposing red tape and onerous business regulation helps large firms that can afford to pay entire departments to write overblown HR policies and manage pointless QA systems but kills SMEs and lean enterprises with disproportionate costs. Likewise, the global corporates are best placed to afford generous employee benefit packages and high additional employment costs. The end result of both EU legislation and Union policy is that the global corporates grow bigger and more powerful and independent national businesses suffer.

Of course the other sphere in which all are winners is the public sector, which positively delights in ever-expanding HR departments churning out volumes of HR policy, ever more generous paid parenthood and family concessions and enhanced terms for Union members. Hurrah for the EU! I recently advised a scaffolding contractor struggling to compose an Equal Ops policy demanded by the Council not to bother - just google for one published for itself by a different Council in Word format and change the name. And to do the same for any other policy they demanded. Why not?

Of course Union bosses - Unite's McCluskey amongst them - have their snouts deep in the comrades' trough and you can be sure their own remuneration packages wouldn't shame the lads from Transport House in the heyday of the 1970s. McCluskey is remarkably sensitive to criticism, though - with the Speccie enjoying a recent gob of shite from Carter-Fuck.

Further swingeing cuts to public services - particularly local government - will reduce Unite's strength even further, as will changes to the political levy. Cutting EU regulatory burdens will help smaller firms. Together, these policies will achieve what the dinosaur Unions can't - improve working conditions and pay for all British workers, reduce zero-hours contracts and enhance productivity.


Anonymous said...

The unions and public sector, a marriage made in hell but perfect for Brussels little helpers and the taxpayer be damned and particularly the only thing keeping the UK afloat - the SME's are especially damned.

Unions, also embed and perpetuate malpractice, from RCN nurses who forgotten how to care, to BMA doctors who are no longer listening and won't serve the sick out of hours. FFS, whatever did they disappear to? Ethics and Hippocratic oath - wot dat?

A conspiracy - you betcha, between toothless Governmental watch dogs, the public sector in cahoots with Unite and Unison managed to cover up the scandal of failing hospitals. Lest not we forget, the Care Quality Commission granted the Staffordshire trust hospital flying colours and a rating of "excellent".

The flying protestors and social justice warriors, green and anti cuts brigade, the UAF and SWP are in part funded by Len's lot and backhanders funnelled via the British taxpayer through to agitators for 'social justice'. From fracking protests to organized anti Tory marches in Whitehall have a look at that bunch of tossers who assailed an elected MP - Douglas Carswell the other day. These bastards are getting out of control - and it's always the same bloody young faces.

Be afraid of unions, be very afraid of public sector unions - the UK should bin them all.

DeeDee99 said...

The unions COULD have been a force for good in the UK. If they had never been aligned to a political party and instead of interfering in government had restricted themselves to representing their members in a non-political manner.

But they conflated fighting for their members with fighting for socialism. And England is not a socialist country.

The Civil Service is being forced to change and modernise as well as shrinking; the public sector overall will lose bureaucrats and hopefully maintain or possibly grow the front-line staff. The Government's proposals to deter strikes and cut funding will do us all a favour.

Anonymous said...

As a former director friend of mine pointed out once, you only have to look at union leaders to understand the crux of the Union.

Principally they are still employees of the organisation from which they originate. The role of union leader is a much better paid gig than their real job yet fail to get reelected and its back to the day job at day job money. Not willing to give that up they have no choice but to promise jam today, jam tomorrow and jam he day after. That turns into a union practice of being bloody unreasonable at all times because they've created a union of addicts

G. Tingey said...

That's right shit on the workers.

Yes, some union leaders are a real pain - but that's their JOB - becaus far too many employers are also greedy crooks.
6 of one & 2x3 of the other, in fact.

And if employers can set wages & hours with no protest from their employees & there ia, ever-so-conveniently a surplaus of "labour" available ... then people get paid crap wages for long hours with no recourse.
And we worry about why our productivity is low.

Also, if a union is sunject to stricter rules for elections than MP's, one wonders who as got something to ide & in this case it's NOT the Unions, is it?
IMHO, the only good thing the Madwoman did was to enforce proper democratic votes (the same as for MP's) on the unions.
Now, some idiots (yes, I'm looking at you lot) want to be stupid enough to remove this.

Anonymous said...

I wonder where and for whom Tingey works? Socialist employers - say the Coop or your friendly local Polytechnic - are shite to work for ... hellholes at worst, with 'management' and unions in cosy cahoots. Give me a nice Tory run business anytime - and I've worked for both.

Mr Ecks said...

Much as I hate to agree with the God of Atheism , on this occasion Tingey is correct.

Hatred of Unions is as much a foolish poison of the Right as rambling about Fatcher is of the Left. What power Unions had on a national scale is long gone. The EU will take help from any bunch of liars/conmen but they wouldn't get out of bed to do some kind of deal with clowns like Unite.

Most join Unions because they don't want to be messed over by shite bosses not because of rabid support for socialism. The "public sector" is the only area where Unions are still thriving and the bosses of the public sector are amongst the worst and dirtiest employers in the UK. Life is cushy at the top of the public sector but the idea that everybody who works for it is living the life of Riley is horseshit. HMRC was forced to hand out emergency pay rises a decade or so ago because otherwise the same organisation that was supposed to police minimum wage compliance would have been paying its own lowest of the low an illegal wage.

The best thing to do with the public sector is to phase it out of existence over the next 3 decades --along with the welfare state, the NHS and taxes but if there is to be a public sector (which most people in the country wrongly agree with ) it should be done properly. The best way to weaken Unite would be for the scum of the state to treat its employees with some respect.

Raedwald said...

Greg / Mr Ecks - I'm wholly sympathetic to the notion of a well-rewarded highly motivated workforce; it's what I run in the construction business. In thirty years (touch wood) I've never had a single fatality or major injury on site. You don't get that by bullying and exploiting people but by taking time to train, inform, update, layout and manage sites intelligently and maintain them with good housekeeping. I don't want to retire with someone's broken back on my conscience, thanks.

A Septic colleague was across last week on something of a busman's holiday; paid annual leave in the US is typically just 10 days but he's wangled an extra couple of days with site visits. How did we cope with 25 / 30 days in the UK? Well, I explained, it's not quite that in construction any more. It used to be 2 weeks at Christmas, a week at Easter and a two-week August industry shutdown when even the builders merchants would be closed. Now it's typically just 20 days construction shutdown over Christmas and Easter. And when I explained the French 10 WEEK annual leave entitlement - yes, 50 days - he didn't believe me.

Frankly, I simply don't believe the international productivity figures - there's a flaw in the method somewhere if they suggest that the Kermits are more efficient builders than we are.

US: low unionisation, 10 days holiday, tax at 25%
France: high unionisation, 50 days holiday, tax at 55%

That's democracy.

Anonymous said...

"Frankly, I simply don't believe the international productivity figures - there's a flaw in the method somewhere if they suggest that the Kermits are more efficient builders than we are." /quote.

I have had enormous difficulty in believing the UK productivity figures, more especially juxtaposed with those of France and some European competitors.
Mind you, have you ever had the good fortune to use a Thai, Japanese, Singaporean, Hong Kong Hotel or Hospital - compare and contrast standards of cleanliness and all else besides with those of a British hospital or Hotel, simply put: there can be made no comparison [incl' wages].

There are many Brits who do work extremely hard, no doubt in your company R and in the UK-Japanese factories and many other SME's too.

However the institutionalized skiving and Spanish practices abound in public sector work forces [and halfway houses] - see Crapita, G4S, et al and Network Rail. UNIONS are the barrier to good working practice - London Underground does not need £100,000 train drivers any more, the job should have been mechanized 20 years ago but for the unions, so would it have been.

I would say in conclusion, somehow British productivity figures are being fiddled down, where France does the opposite and this will be for overtly political [the BoE/ECB?] reasons. But then, there has been no economic miracle in the British manufacturing and private business sectors and other than the car industry where we put 'bits together' - exports are still bombing.

Evidently, the British Chancellor gives endless tax credits to workers and the big corporates are cajoled to over staff maybe. I look at the number of operatives in my local Sainsbury's and think - where, and what do they all do? Surely, the overall slack in the retail sector still has to be pruned and taken up?
Finally, productivity in the public sector - ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha - you get bonuses for being shite at your job and if you are really shite - you take redundancy and come back as a paid consultant on £1k/day - what a friggin' joke.

NB, Strong Unions were needed when the UK had big industry, coal, steel, ship building - is gone. You don't need strident public sector unions [maybe just] in blue collar, but never in the white collar jobs.
Unions should be history and McCluskey is a throwback to some bloody distant past.

James Higham said...

I'd like to see the definitive on kickbacks to union tsars.

Cascadian said...

When all is said and done, more will be said than done......camorons farcical intention to take on public sector unions will amount to NOTHING.
Lest anyone here has a short memory, not even Margaret Thatcher picked that fight. Camoron is stupid enough to attempt a fight, he is not smart enough to win that fight.
Anon 14:39 comments re hotels and hospitals are instructive, todays report that garbage collection is worse in the UK than Pakistan should be worrying. yUK is in terminal decline, shite railways, airports, roads, health systems, education, armed services, child protection services, elderly care-everywhere you look actually.

G. Tingey said...

I have worked for a very large multinational with a very well-known name.
As a Teacher - science & maths
And in Transport Planning.
+ one or two other "odds & soda"
I now, very occasionally work as a film "extra" for pin-money.

So Bollocks to that idea, anon ...

Lets' have some REAL NUMNERS
( remembering that in the arly figures, the population was much smaller )
Year Number o f workers on strike, thousands ...
1899 138
1910 385
1911 831
1912 1200

2000 212
2001 184
2002 146
2003 133
2004 130
2005 116
2007 713
2007 745
2008 511
2009 209
2010 133
2011 1590
2012 236
2013 395

Note how it jumps about all over the place, but never seems to top 2 million, or drop below 100 000???
Is it REALLY a problem?
No, not really, actually.
IF employers were COMPETENT - which includes HONEST & straight-dealing, the problem would, if not exist, be much much smaller (I think)

G. Tingey said...

Bugger - real NUMBERS, oops