On how workers’ inaction and passivity bolsters inequality

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“ The fashion since Thatcher has been to present their decline as a key driver of inequality; we see the distribution of profit steadily shifting away from employees, towards shareholders, and this is plainly because labour is failing to organise. It creates a feedback loop: as employees stop bargaining collectively, their conditions are eroded, and their jobs become too insecure to risk any troublemaking. Every country that has seen wages stagnate has seen a corresponding decline in union membership ”

Zoe Williams, ‘Don’t give up on unions – they can still drive a more progressive politics’, The Guardian

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