Do you think UK and Europe is becoming more socialist given that unions are becoming stronger.
During recession I have seen unions becoming more strong given the support they got while industrial strikes. Is Britain and Europe getting communist day by day.
Depends by country, Spain and some Eastern European countries have gone the other way while I do think that most of western Europe is going further to the left or more socialist if you like. Certainly not more communist though which is a very different thing.
It's a positive trend in my opinion, towards the economically stable and high quality of life nations in the North.
I cannot follow your impression that unions get stronger during recession. I think it is the other way around. In hard times unions get more resilient, they loose power. Unions only gain power if there is something, some wealth, some success to be distributed. If there is nothing to be distributed, no strength, no power. That is at least my interpretation.
But then who am i to argue about this. I am living in an economy with work councils, cooperation, stakeholder capitalism. Some call it socialism. Well, - it is not, i assure you.
Which country in Europe is really socialist? France that just elected a leftist government has a capitalistic economy. It is implementing social measures relieving the crisis the economy is experiencing. In what way the UK that has a conservative at its head is becoming more socialist? Because suddenly the unions are rebelling against drastic policies enforced by the radicals in power? Under Thatcher the Unions also created mayhem, it didn't mean that the country was turning to communism!
As someone who was an adult in 1978 I can tell you that the place has moved to the right in this area in the last 30 years or so. The unions have far less power. I have no idea what you think "Britain getting communist" means but certainly not more communist. I'm not aware that there have been many "industrial strikes" recently (nor how that links to communism) though the size of the public sector means that strikes in the public sector demonstrate that something good is happening (if it ain't hurting, it ain't working).
Which country are you based in and what is your source of news that has lead you to question this?
I live in the UK and cant think of any significant industrial action in the past 3 years, the unions have moved their focus from traditional industries and commerce to the public sector workers.
The EU is a socialist utopia with faceless leaders issuing demands of the people to feed its political ambitions, the unions of course are all for this as they benefit from socialist or pseudo socialist governments. The unions in the UK benefit to the tune of £millions every year.
I personally do not trust unions while their leaders get huge amounts of money sometime 10 times the average wage for telling others to strike and lose much needed wages while they continue to dine at the top table. Orwell's Animal Farm comes to mind.
Unions represent a political ideal not its membership.
by Peter V 4 years ago
What do you think about Socialism? Good or Bad for America?I have my own opinion but what do you think of the current direction America is heading (towards socialism)? Do you think this is very bad and goes against what America was founded on or is this generally a good thing? Please support your...
by Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago
Are People Becoming More Rude?It might just be coincidence but over the past week I've been witness to a few incidents of rudeness that has no just cause. For example speaking to shop assistants like they were trash; a young waitress was spoken to like she was some kind of inferior species. One of...
by Deng Xiang 6 years ago
Don't you think that food is becoming more expensive?Some eateries are constantly raising their prices, and yet the quantity of the food shrinks. There is no need for advertising promotions and whatnot. If advertising costs can be curtailed, then there would not be any need for raising prices....
by Josak 6 years ago
Wages have not been keeping up with the cost of living for a long time now in the US and the primary reason is the weakening of the unions, the problem really began during the presidency of Ronnie the union buster Reagan, unions began to lose ground against other movements and many were in fact...
by Nick Lucas 7 years ago
I was doing research for a hub and in the process realized how close we are to being a socialist country, what do you think? Our country has nationalized many industries and if you read the communist manifesto its like watching the news.
by CMHypno 6 years ago
Austerity, people committing suicide, 25% unemployment in some parts of the Eurozone, yet these vast sums can always be found to bail out banks? If this kind of money is available, why not inject it directly into local areas to create jobs and stimulate...
|HubPages Device ID|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Google Analytics|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel|
|Google Hosted Libraries|
|Google AdSense Host API|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels|
|Author Google Analytics|
|Amazon Tracking Pixel|