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Unions only really work in industrialised and centralised economies, where the same people work together, talk to each other, sometimes live near each other, and deal personally with the same management.

We need something like unions for the mobile, telecommuting, 'freelance', contractor temp economy that most workers live in now - including many who are supposedly middle class.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 07:19:50 AM EST
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The "'freelance', contractor temp" 'economy' is actually a product in part of anti-union thinking. I don't think it's an attractive way of organizing the workforce, from either a productivity or 'worker welfare' perspective.

Union membership should be automatic, in the same way citizenship is.

fairleft

by fairleft (fairleftatyahoodotcom) on Mon Jun 7th, 2010 at 10:45:46 AM EST
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