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Sunday, 29 December 2013
But first and foremost British unions will have to look to themselves for solutions. A union movement that hardly ever acts as one at joint negotiating tables and requires a 12 month pause for breath between national demonstrations against austerity could hardly be said to have the workers’ inspiration running through its veins. Tackling the creeping de-unionisation of the private sector (with density at 14% overall but less than 5% in the fast growing service sector) must be an urgent priority of the whole union movement. Why not start with a joint union campaign to unionise the major hotel chains using our purchasing power as leverage with a boycott of anti union companies?
Union revival in Britain will not come easy and requires an end to sectional interests and a new unity of purpose between unions led by the TUC.