Trade Unionism Re-Surges Amidst The P&O Ferries Scandal And The Rise Of Robot Workers

Trade Unions have been making a surprise comeback over the course of the pandemic, polls have shown.

Both in the US and UK union membership has risen in the wake of the pandemic.

Unions sight cost of living issues, jobs lost due to the pandemic and government legislation, corrupt business heads, and the rise in robots of the workplace.

Union membership rose by 6.6 million in the UK, one of the largest trade unions Unite stated: “Tens of thousands have joined Unite because they live in fear of their job security as lock-downs caused staff not to attend work”.

Meanwhile in America, unionism rose by over 500,000 in 2021.

This is due to many workers in the oil and gas industries having their jobs threatened by president Joe Biden's new Green Laws and the US rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement group after it left in late 2019.

Trade Unions have a rocky history, being responsible for the rise in Communism during the early to mid 20th century and causing domestic industries to grind to a halt.

Two notable examples in the UK being the strikes against auto-maker British Leyland in the 1970's and the Coal Miners Strikes organised by the National Union of Minors (NUM) in the early 1980's.

The former causing British Leyland to dissolve in 1987 leaving the UK with no domestic car industry that wasn't under foreign ownership, and the latter resulting in multiple power outages and massive crack downs by former prime minister Margaret Thatcher's government.

But in the wake of people being fired during lock-down and being unceremoniously sacked on mass and replaced with cheaper labour like what P&O Ferries did, caused many to change their views on trade unions and other workers rights groups.

Leave a Reply