People with a radical perspective on trade unionism, have always argued that the trade union movement has two souls. The first derives from the activities of members to improve their lot and control their unions and is focused on struggles and campaigns not only against employers but also union leaders. The second is the dark soul consisting of the activities of leaders whose only concern is to maintain industrial peace and harmony often at the expense of members.
As this pamphlet shows the national plans of the past decade have reflected the agenda of the dark soul and as such stand as a condemnation of its strategy. Under them little or nothing has been won for workers despite soaring profits and economic growth.
SIPTU Electronics & Engineering Branch.;
SIPTU Education Branch
TUI Dublin Colleges Branch;
* all in a personal capacity
Published by The Montague Press (Jan 1997)
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