Date Released: 16 June 2014
Paper by Jack O’Connor, SIPTU General President to the Labour Party Trade Union Section Seminar in William Norton House on Saturday, 14th June 2014
In the context of the outcome of the recent elections, this paper attempts to address two key questions from a Trade Union perspective.
Across the Trade Union Movement and the Left, there have been essentially three responses to the economic collapse and the ensuing assault on working people and civil society. These are as follows:
In the light of the experiences of 2009 which exposed all the limitations of the Trade Union Movement as currently organised, I subscribe to the first approach and it has also been the approach of the Labour Party. While doing so I must say I respect those who adhere to the second or outright resistance approach and even allow for the possibility that it may ultimately prove correct.
However, the consequences of failure would entail misery on an awesome scale and the probable destruction of more than half a century of Trade Union work.