In common with the British political parties (Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems, Greens & UKIP), the British trade union movement no longer fully represents the interests of workers in England! The (British) TUC alone demonstrates the reality.
There is a Scottish TUC for the 8% of the UK’s workers in Scotland:http://www.stuc.org.uk/
STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith
There is a Welsh or Wales TUC for the 6% of the UK’s workers in Wales: http://www.tuc.org.uk/wales
Wales TUC General Secretary Martin Mansfield
Even the 2% of UK workers in Northern Ireland have separate trade union representation albeit outwith the British TUC: http://www.ictu.ie/about/northernireland.html
However, there is no separate and distinct representation of the 84% of the UK’s workers in England. Indeed, the British TUC is in the vanguard of those who would balkanise England and destroy her identity as a national entity: http://www.tuc.org.uk/regions
British TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady
(Born in Oxford, but what does SHE regard as her national identity?)
Despite the absence of any recognition of England and her workers, the British TUC does recognise Polish workers ‘in the UK’: http://www.tuc.org.uk/international-issues/migration/tuc-launches-website-support-polish-workforce-uk
This malaise is to be found further in individual trade union structures. Just look at Unite (from an English standpoint, what a sad joke!): http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/listofregions/ With Len McCluskey as general secretary should we really be surprised at Unite’s stance.
Now look a the other of the biggest two British trade unions, UNISON, where composition of its NEC betrays the absence of any English national representation: http://www.unison.org.uk/about/our-organisation/lay-structure-democracy-and-elections/national-executive-council/ Ironically, the link to “National Structure” leads to nothing overtly national; SEE: http://www.unison.org.uk/contact-us/contact-directory/national-contacts/
The largest civil service trade union, the Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS), is not exempt from the ‘de-nationalisation’ of England whilst the national identity of minnows is promoted together with their interference in England’s sphere of activity: http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/about_pcs/pcs_where_i_live/index.cfm
Finally, look at another of the large trade unions, the Union of Shop Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW). As ever, Scotland receives special treatment whilst Wales (in addition to England) is regionalised or, more accurately, combined with two of England’s USDAW ‘divisions’! SEE HERE: http://www.usdaw.org.uk/aboutus/divisions.aspx
I have yet to discover any trade union structured as above which reflects its subscription income to show how much comes respectively from England, Scotland and Wales. The practice is to report aggregate British totals which enables disproportionate amounts of expenditure from the largest source of subscription income ~ England ~ to be expended in Scotland and Wales. This, of course, reflects the situation at British government level.
However, workers in England should not despair, there is a registered, independent trade union created for us; it is the WORKERS OF ENGLAND: http://www.workersofengland.co.uk/
Eddie Bone President
Workers of England Union
The Workers of England Union has no affiliation to any political party. If it is not feasible for you to join as an ordinary member, do consider becoming an associate member thereby supporting this small but representative trade union.