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Unions should break the link with Labour

They should exist to help workers

By Sonia Sodha   June 2017

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Twelve per cent—that was the dismal turnout in the recent contest to elect the general secretary of Unite. Hence Len McCluskey claimed victory having persuaded fewer than one in 18 members to vote for him. It’s yet another symptom of apathy and malaise in a trade union movement afflicted by a long-standing decline in membership.

Why should we care? Deepening insecurity and sluggish wage growth are affecting the post-crash labour market. Precarious low-paid work—unreliable self-employment, agency working and zero-hours contracts—affects…

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