As the Tories take a claw hammer to workers’ rights, and swing their wrecking ball at jobs, wages, tax credits and public services, it’s no wonder workers search for a political alternative.
The cream of the Scottish working class has joined the SSP, the socialist contingent of the 630,000-strong trade union movement. They are rightly attracted by the SSP’s track record of solidarity with workers in struggle; unflinching fight for an immediate £10 minimum wage for all at 16; our advocacy of democratic public ownership, and our tireless campaigning for a charter of workers’ rights, as a core human right. But given their near-monopoly of Scottish politics since the Referendum, and the power they wield, thousands of trade unionists and workers see the SNP as an immediate vehicle for their aspirations.
The SNP claims that within its overall, phenomenal growth to about 112,000 members, their Trade Union Group (TUG) has rocketed from 800 to 16,000 – at least up until the Corbyn factor, outnumbering the entire membership of Scottish Labour. Some have joined the SNP TUG under the false impression that it’s an actual union, such is their disenchantment with their own trade union. Others purely because they see the SNP as the big vehicle to climb aboard for independence, and tick the box to register as a trade union member. Others still, doubtless attracted by the SNP’s mood music towards the trade union movement – in technicolour contrast to the savage hostility of the class war launched on the unions by the Tories, and the decades of neglect and abuse of workers’ loyalty by Labour.But what does the SNP actually offer workers? What does their very welcome talk of inclusion of the unions amount to? What does their oft-trumpeted belief in ‘Social Partnership’ mean in practice?
Full artile here at original source: Richie Venton: SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP: PITFALLS AND TRAPS FOR WORKERS