An assault on unions is an attack on democracy itself

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An assault on unions is an attack on democracy itself | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian .

Not surprisingly, many trade unionists are sceptical about whether they should continue to affiliate to and fund a party that privatises their jobs, condemns them when they go on strike and blocks employment rights in Europe.

But unions remain not just the only real mechanism for employee protection and a collective voice at work. They are also an essential vehicle to break the elite circle and open up representation in political life. The assault on them is an attack on democracy itself.

That about sums it up.