Against Trade Union Timidity

The pandemic taught a new generation that even weakened trade unions can make a difference in people’s lives. If unions can’t seize this moment with imaginative strategies to embolden their members and fight back, a historic opportunity will be wasted.

Post Office workers hold a march and a meeting at Speakers Corner. London, 4th February 1971. (Photo by Eric Harlow/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)

As the pandemic descended last spring, workers across the world were forced to meet unprecedented challenges. Nurses, postal workers, teachers, bus drivers, railwaymen, technicians, engineers — every one surpassed all expectations of duty. When those who believe they’re born to rule panicked and dithered, ordinary working people proved that their work keeps our country going […]

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