Stephen Richard / 23.05.2022

Scottish Nationalism’s Trade Union Problem

Only a fundamental misunderstanding of how labour movement politics works allows keyboard warrior to imagine that the Labour Party enjoys authority over industrial matters. ...Broadly, Labour-affiliated unions devolve political decision making to the party in return for preserving autonomy over industrial affairs and related areas of policy. The image of Westminster chiefs calling the shots might be attractive to some more imaginative SNP supporters but it’s simply not how trade union politics work. Furthermore, unions are usually comparatively decentralised. When it comes to the form of disputes under discussion in this article, decisions purely about Scotland tend to be made in Scotland, even before the stage of balloting workforces.  

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