A further raft of anti-trade union legislation is planned to effectively criminalise industrial action, primarily outlawing strike action in the public sector, rail and transport industries.
One result of the Tories’ bizarre fixation with market economics and so-called competition sees them proposing to introduce competition into workplace organisation and enforce “choice” between trade unions. Trade unions would be forced to compete over subscription rates, services offered, and performance indicators paralleled with any other “business” would be enforced.
So just as Britain’s supermarket sector is dominated by Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrisons, Britain’s trade unions – Unite, GMB, Unison, the teaching unions – would have the same market principles applied. ■