All through the 1980s and 1990s the talk on picket lines (once the football was got out of the way) was how things would improve for the working class once a Labour Government replaced the Conservatives. Hadn’t our Trade Union General Secretaries Tom Jackson, Alan Tuffin and Alan Johnson repeatedly told us so in an endless stream of UPW/UCW/CWU literature?
There was quite a bit of hope in the air when the Labour Party won the 1997 General Election. After all, hadn’t we members of Trade Unions funded the victory? Surely the Labour Party would look after us?
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