Mark Littlewood appears on BBC Radio 5 Live
Over the 150 years of the TUC there have been lots of ways in which trade unions have helped us. In the early days of trade unions it was vital for serious worker protection. It can be useful for workers to air their grievances and for employers as a sort of one-stop-shop to deal with the workers.
Frances O’Grady is correct however, that trade unions need to change or die. The employment position in the UK has moved vastly away from what it was 50 to 80 years ago where it would be typical to work for one colossal employer for pretty much all of your working life. We now have a situation where self-employment is likely to over-take public sector workers in the next few years. Young people don’t tend to be the kind of people who want to be a member of a trade union – they’re much more interested in social media than carrying a cardboard membership card around with them.
Listen to the full interview here. Mark’s segment begins at 10:00
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