Modern British trade unions are sorry institutions. They overwhelmingly represent degree educated public sector workers and are led by career radicals rather than respected professionals. The number of employees in Trade Unions today is well below the 13 million peak in 1979.
This was not always the case. In the mid-19th-century organisations like the Amalgamated Engineering Union represented skilled workers and campaigned for better pay and working conditions. It is important to remember that collective bargaining does not inevitably lead to socialism. As some on the left and right would have us believe.
The Marxist hijacking of labour organisations is perhaps one of the biggest tragedies in modern British history. To reiterate my point, working people requesting better conditions in itself does not constitute a threat to free enterprise. Many of the labouring poor in the early years of industrialisation put up with truly miserable conditions.
Transitioning from associations of skilled labourers into ideological bodies lost organised labour mass support and legitimacy.
A similar process is taking place in the modern public sector. 2018 is young, and already the public sector is a sea of rage. As it stands Labour is rapidly becoming the party of all public-sector workers. I cannot decide if this has already happened or is in the process of happening.
This is a peculiar feature of contemporary Britain, it has not always been the case. For example, the police force has historically backed the Conservative party. It would appear now that most public-sector bodies are unwilling to endorse the Conservative’s economic policies.
This promises to be a truly terrifying situation. If the public services go from institutions filled with competent individuals to ideological bodies, led by demagogues then disaster will follow.