The neo-liberals believe they are continuing with the Thatcherite policies of the past. The Tories took on the NUM in 1984-8 and created the UDM split.The Trade Union bill, due its third reading in November, is also envisioned as the continuation of the anti-Trades Union legislation of the Conservative Party of the 1980’s.
Robert Halfon says the Conservative union group will take on ‘militant’ union leaders.
The Conservative party is launching an organisation to represent trade unionists who have Tory sympathies, it is reminiscent of the The Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) based in Nottinghamshire, established in December 1984 by miners who continued working during the 1984–85 miners’ strike, used by Conservatives to split the national Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
There are a number of “house Unions” outside of the official Trade Union Movement. It is the strategic goal of the Conservative Party to split the TUC at present as part of its general offensive being waged against the Unions with the new Trade Union bill.
Robert Halfon, the Conservatives’ deputy chairman, said his party was now “the party of working people” and that “militant” union leaders were putting workers’ off existing structures.
Basically the organisation will be anti-strike and capitalist.
“We want to provide a voice for Conservative-minded trade unionists and moderate trade unionists…” The Tories announced their plans for another Trades Union organisation at the Conservative party conference calling it the Conservative Workers and Trade Unionists movement and that is going to be a voice for Conservative trade unionists.
“We are recreating the Conservative trade union workers’ movement. There will be a new website and people will be able to join. There will be a voice for moderate trade unionists who feel they may have sympathy with the Conservatives or even just feel that they’re not being represented by militant trade union leaders.”
The organisation could act as a caucus within existing workplace trade unions and allow the Tories to stand candidates in internal elections.
The Conservative led offensive is in line with their Austerity and productivity agenda and all round neo-liberal offensive.