TUC Side With Bosses To Back Tory Workfare Scheme
The Trades Union Movement has become The Trader’s Union Movement.
The white collar unions that amalgamated the engineering unions were traditionally less confrontational, more apologetic while the engineering unions they swallowed up were traditionally confrontational and unforgiving.
Even the names of today’s unions, for me at least, are somewhat pathetic; ‘Unite’; Unison’; they just do not have the same ring as the union I was proud to be a member of for many years- The Amalgamated Union of Engineering Workers (AUEW), the mention of whose name had bosses quaking in their boots.
The Tories and their paymasters will be laughing all the way to the bank.
In an astonishing and genuinely sad day for the trade uni0n movement, the TUC have teamed up with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to issue a statement supporting unpaid work.
The TUC have sided with the bosses to sing the praises of the Tory Traineeship programme. This unpaid scheme can involve up to five months full-time work, sometimes for giant profit making companies like BT or Virgin. The placements are used to ‘prepare’ young people to be Apprentices, although there is no guarantee that they will be offered even this at the end of the scheme.
Just like Margaret Thatcher’s despised YTS schemes, Traineeships represent a wealth grab by greedy employers. Once companies recognised they had to pay young people…
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