2022 – 011 The Origins of Trade Unions and Labour

I come from a line of coal miners who were staunch Primitive Methodists and Chartists. My grand father was badly injured underground and my father, who was 11 and his brother who was 9, had leave school to go down the mine. He was incensed at what the Labour Party has become.  editor@theeuroprobe.org

Henry VIII had a conflict with the Pope as to who was the ultimately the ruler of England. Henry resolved the dilema by evicting the Church of Rome, the monastries and starting the Church of England. Martin Luther had recently started the Protestant movement so the CoE adopted Protestantism. Since then England has had fight some very bloody battles to keep the Pope out of England. However the CoE is almost a clone of the CoR but without Confession, Mass or Pope. It retained all the CoR’s authoritarianism and fancy regailia. This led to the birth of the Methodist Church who rejected that authoritarianism and adopted more plain attire. As is human nature the Methodist clergy in time began to adopt the authoritarianism of the CoE. The new industrial age required workers who were both literate and numerate so the working men started to become educated and began to read. In 1800 some of those working men (mainly from the potteries) then began to reject that new authoritarianism of the Methodist clergy so were thrown out of the Methodist Church. They felt they did not need a ‘gate keeper’ to speak to God for them as they could speak to him directly themselves. They were still devout Christians and became known as Primitive Methodists. They started street preaching and became very popular and resonated with working men particularly in the mines, heavy industries, Textile workers etc. Those working in these new industries began to become more affulent and assertive. Then in 1838 the Chartist Movement started by working men who demanded enfranchisement. It was the Primitive Methodists, who had acquired the skills of pubic speaking by their street preaching, were able to give voice to the Chartist men assembling outside of the factories. From this union the Labour  Party and the Unions were formed. The Trade Unions in 1868 formed from the much earlier trade guilds and the Labour Party in 1900.

The ‘working men’ of the heavy industries have all but gone. They have more or less been replaced by people who will be in financial difficulties if they do not get their cash at the end of each month.

Sadly the Labour Party has long since been hijacked by Middle Class Fabians, academics and dilittanties with very few ‘working men’ while many of the Unions have been infiltrated and hijacked by Marxist militants. (view the film ‘The Angy Silence’ with Richard Attenborough 1960). The remit of the Marxist leadership is to exploit the solidarity of the Trade Union members as a means to try to reduce the very successful Industrial Society and Market economy to a destitute shambles so that a brave new Marxist society can be rebuilt from the ashes. The overwhelming strength of working men is their collective solidarity when striking. Their leaders are more interested in exploiting that collective power of working men to achieve damaging the country rather than improving their members welfare which now seems to be useful but periferal. Today’s Labour Party and Unions are nothing like what they started out as and no longer represent ‘the workers’ and like the MPs the motives of the Union leaders are very different indeed from those of their members and take any reason to call a strike if it will damage the country.

How do Marxists become leaders of Unions? From personal experience being involved in a strike when an apprentice and getting to know the Shop Convenor – who turned out to be a member of the UK Communist Party.

The most important weopon working men have is their solidarity. My personal experience is that they will call a Union meeting in the evening and many of the  members will attend. They then proceed to speak endlessly on boring subjects until all the normal members get fed up and go home. They then have the meeting proper and election to elect themselves ‘at an organised Union meeting’. all perfectly ‘democratic???’

The object of the workers going on strike is to improve their pay or conditions. The remit of the Union leaders is now to use the strike to cause trouble for the government or if possible to topple the democratically elected government.  Once theMarxists get control of the Union their remit is to exploit any grievances to damage the company or society rather than get a resolution to that grievance. It was never the intention of the Chartists and Prims that they would be represented by Socialists and Marxism who are more intent on using the strength of the members and strikes to help destroy the Market Economy for a Marxist state than the improving their members lifestyle.

A suitable alternative to Unionising a company. Have a Works committee where the menbers are from the Workshop in alphabetical order who serve for three years and then are replaced by the next on the list from the workshop. You will then have a committee who are concerned with their jobs and the company not with replacing the government.

read  http://www.theeuroprobe.org/2012-025-the-frankfurt-school-to-destroy-western-civilisation/

Perhaps the Reform Party is now the Party of all working people?

2 responses to “2022 – 011 The Origins of Trade Unions and Labour

  1. Great article. Spot on. I was the first person to take on the unions in the 80’s and was followed a year later by the Miner’s strike = in the UK.. The government followed our game plan exactly, albeit they had police support and we had none until the very end of a bitter dispute which had regular pickets of up to 7,000 rioters. The dispute lasted 7 months and was front page news every day. The unions need to be subdued otherwise the Left will take over our our democracies. We must always fight back.

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