Sunday, November 29, 2009

These Unions are two of the biggest in Europe. They both have membership of way over 500,000 and annual income in the several £millions.

Unite has a natural link with the pub industry in that it has many members who are brewery and managed chain employees. Attracting self employed publicans will have been seen as a progression of their existing base.

GMB already has many self employed among its membership, such as cabbies, window cleaners and... yes, publicans. Extending their reach into broader membership among self employed licensees will have been seen as a natural step within the management of GMB too.

There is nothing untoward or uncomfortable about self employed lessees being members of a union. A union confers strength on the individual no matter who the union represents. Law established for one circumstance is valid for another as long as its applied correctly. Many self employed represented by one union are as employees represented the same way, their human rights are the same. Neither GMB or Unite are naive, they have been fighting battles against abuses of corporate power for ever. Going'on strike' in this instance, one may assume, is withholding money and holding it in escrow which in itself if handled correctly is not an illegal act.

edited by: Albert J Bailey at: 29/11/2009 20:31:35

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Albert J Bailey 29/11/2009 20:31:45

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Unite condemns GMB's 'dangerous publicity stunt'

GMB were involved with recent issues 'pub' first and Unite, it is not hard to suppose, felt their native territory was being strayed on. So a bit of a spat was not unlikely.

This state of affairs bears no reflection on the make up or likelihood of concerted action among the broader IPC memebrship.

IPC came together out of necessity - to stand against the patent collective recalcitrance of the pubcos in refusing to deal with tenants fairly and squarely through BBPA. Mediation distilled the industry into two camps - for and against the tie. BBPA only has itself to blame for this.

IPC has agreed on most things and its constituent membership grown up enough and long enough in the tooth to come to agreement on differences of detail in a situation where everyone agrees - from all sides of the pub spectrum - the power of the pubcos must be curbed.

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