I debated some issues on TV last night with a trade unionist. He told me he thought that the Unite trade union were not militant enough. Got that? Not militant enough. Now read on…
The prime minister has described allegations that Unite union members targeted the homes of Grangemouth refinery managers as “quite shocking”. The row follows claims by an Ineos director that a “mob” was sent by Unite to his home to intimidate him during the recent dispute. David Cameron called on the Labour Party to investigate the claims about the union, which is its largest donor. Unite insisted all its activities have been legal and legitimate. The union defended its use of so-called leverage tactics, where managers are directly targeted as part of a protest, and argued that bad employers should have “nowhere to hide”.
By “bad employers” the Unite union means a company they have an issue with. This is indeed a throwback to the mid 70’s – the very WORST bully boy thuggery tactics by the Unions. It seems to me “leveraging” must be made ILLEGAL and then those who engage in such scare tactics can be prosecuted.
Bear in mind that the Unite union is the key Union funder of Labour.