Imagine a situation.
A Union of the Trades variety.
The leaders speak of the inequality of the current situation.
Yet, they allow petty corruption to sully their own reputation.
The workers are fighting to combat the iniquity of the Single Status Agreement.
This agreement will cut the wages of the lowest paid.
We have spoken about it before.
They need representation.
Do they have it?
The local Convener has not attended a branch meeting for over 2 years.
Ok, change the Convener.
Not so simple.
The guys have pleaded with the Union big-wigs that they should be able to choose their own Convener.
National leaders have, instead, supported the 'Man who can't be touched'.
Why should this be?
Could it be that this Union (which can't be named) actually wants a non-existent Convener to 'not fight' for the workers in the Single Status battle?
Now, there have been umpteen meetings to resolve the situation
Money and time for all concerned (expenses for those and such as those, must be said)
Still protected - must be a good Bowling Club is all I can say.
Gets worse, though.
This Convener who has been protected through thick and thin by the Union leadership was never actually elected by anyone! Not anyone.
There has never been an election for him.
Imposed is not the word in that situation.
Sounds like something from a Clint Eastwood movie.
One day 'the man with no name' turns up and tells the workers that he is the Convener.
That is what appears to have happened.
For those of us who think that the Unions were subverted a long time ago by those who were Maggie's Children (Reid, Brown etc) we have a perfect example.
Name them and Shame them.
I am sure there is more to follow.