have you ever noticed how most of the militant unions are headed by a scot or englishman? i think the problems run very deep and go back to their backgrounds.
if you look at the situation in the uk, you will find a very deeply entrenched class system. there is no such thing as conciliation, just each side belting the other as hard and for as long as they can get away with. given the nature of the british upper classes, unions had to be militant to get anything. the toffs couldnt care less.
it appears that this mentality has made it across the water and landed here.
i am not a union member, the union i could join are the biggest oxygen bandits that ever crawled (the FSU if you are interested). i neede their help once, and they squaked like little girls and left me. that aside, i still believe there is a place for unions, but the threat of industrial action shold be used only as a last resort. there are mnths of negotiation that go into wage and condition claims and the claims need to be reasonable from BOTH sides. however, where an employer is being unreasonable (and believe me...they can be very unreasonable), then withdrawal of labour is one of the few tools that employees have.
having said all of that, i dont know anything about the current dispute at ford, so the above comments are in general only.
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