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Ian Smart @ianssmart
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Really mundane point. The reason there was a strike in Glasgow today was because, in 2006, the GMB insisted on a deal with discriminatorily terms in favour of their male members. Advised by the GMB’s then research officer, @LabourRichard That’s just an unfortunate fact.
That deal was subsequently struck down in the courts. Not on the basis of what the management wanted but on the basis of what the Unions themselves had insisted upon. Whereupon the Unions panicked. For they might be sued for negligence in representing their female members.
Whereupon emerged various Trots, some of them GMB officials, to seize on the idea of a strike involving lots of “salt of the earth” women members. Great images. And to conjure themselves up as AJ Cook on the way to being an Momentum MP.
Who represented the women on strike today? 20% the Unions. 80% an ambulance chasing lawyer, stepping into a gap the unions had left open by their failure to represent their own members.
Unions who are now panicking in case the ambulance chaser turns on them. So who then led their members in to a dispute which leaves vulnerable people without care for 48 hours. Because they have told their members that is the only, if resettable, option.
Except that was not their only option. They could have gone to their work, looked after their clients and sued their Union. I wonder who, if anybody, told them that before they were enlisted in a “class struggle” of which they wanted no real part?
So, if anybody is lying awake tonight worrying about neglecting their clients all day at the behest of protecting the GMB? I don’t do ambulance chasing but I know people who will.
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