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The Right To Organise
By Ed McDonnell, retired from working as a
trade union tutor teaching union workplace
The work is free to download, below this
Employers have more power over those
who do the work for them than should have.
Everyone knows this. But how they get it is
So too is how people have the right to get
equal to them by organizing in unions.
The Right To Organise In Unions’ shows, from
everyone’s daily experience, in everyday
language, how they get their power.
Also, not in everyday language but in the
language of business employer’s own ‘free
market’ economics, it shows how employers
use ‘marginal utility’ on their fellow-citizens
as if they are lifeless goods, and are
allowed to by governments.
It shows how the amount of power employer’s
have over fellow-citizens, in the vital business
of earning their living, is politically unacceptable.
And how, too, is employers and governments
obstructing people from organising themselves
together in unions.
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The Right To Organise In Unions.pdf
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Employers are organised, as businesses
and public bodies. Their organisation
is recognised in law and, obviously,
We need – and are entitled to - the right
for our organisation as workers to be
recognised at work too.
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A Super-quick Read of ‘The Right To Organise’ –
The deal you have with employers in your job
is unfair. Here is why:
Businesses are just people organized together.
So are Public Services. They act together, as
organizations, collectively, all day and every day.
That is what enables them to dominate everybody
else in society.
Everybody else, mostly workers, should be
encouraging each other to learn why they too
have the right to organize and act together,
collectively. And not as a right for ‘the unions’
but from their own, personal positions’.
People know they’d be stronger in a union
but that doesn’t make the political case for
their entitlement to be.
This does – Employers are stronger than you not
because they can ‘get someone else from the
unemployed’. It’s because they’ve already got
so many staff. It’s because they’ve got so many
others they don’t desperately need any individual
worker. This case for the right to organize urgently
needs making, with fellow-workers, with people
generally, with politicians and with the media
Its the biggest problem in society because
without the mass of people being organized,
it leaves work and business, the most important
public activities, to be run by business people,
who do it only in their own interests.
Its time we caught up with
the Industrial Revolution –
They are organised, We need to be.
And are entitled to be.
‘The Right To Organise’ is an extract from
'The System Explained' which is at
Here, two summaries of The System Explained -
The Super Summary.pdf v. 2022.6C
2,500 words, in large text for phones/devices
5,000 words, in large text for phones/devices.
Reviews of 'The System Explained' -
North West Labour History -
‘… far from an academic handbook on your
rights at work… has the feel of the shop floor’.
The late Tony Benn, socialist activist and politician -
‘… a great book to explain the essentials’.
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