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TRADE UNIONS: OUR TASK

By NICK WAKELING

THE RECENT PUBLICATION of the booklet Our Trade Unions by the Wessex Study Group can only be welcomed by all Radical Nationalists.

For too long Nationalists have tended to be confused and divided over their attitude towards Trade Unions. Whilst one section of British Nationalist opinion has recognised the vital importance of being active within the Trade Union movement, the other has developed a thinly veiled hostility to everything Trade Unions stand for.

However, Our Trade Unions, itself compiled by Nationalist workers, should put the record straight. In its effective and easy to read question and answer style, Our Trade Unions shows that Nationalism and Unionism are, in fact, complementary.

The booklet deals with Trade Union history, structure and terminology, before answering questions in a positive manner concerning Nationalist attitudes towards strikes, the 'closed shop' principle, coloured immigrants and Marxist infiltration.

It is, perhaps, fortunate that Our Trade Unions should appear at this particular time. With the reactionary Thatcherite Government locked on a course that threatens to push unemployment up to the two million mark, slash living standards and cause general suffering by cutbacks in health and education services, the future looks bleak. Trade Unions will no doubt figure prominently in the news headlines in coming months as they actively campaign to protect their members' jobs and interests.

As we enter a new decade full of challenge and opportunity, the time is right to consider the possibilites for advancement of British Nationalist ideas and influence within the Trade Union movement.

In its thirteen year history, the National Front has concentrated much of its effort, time and money to fighting both Parliamentary and local government elections in its search for power and influence. In doing so it has largely ignored other structures and avenues that lead to influence and power ... such as the Trade Unions.

Nobody in Britain today can deny or ignore the huge influence the Trade Unions have over Britain's economic and political life. Through strikes and other industrial action in key industries, Trade Unions have the power to make or break governments.

The miners' confrontation with the Heath government, and the 'winter of discontent' which undoubtedly contributed to the downfall of the last Labour administration proves this point well.

But not all industrial action is motivated by purely materialistic issues. The NF backed, White Workers' campaign at Imperial Typewriters was a political and racial struggle aimed as it was against immigrants, communists and Multi-National corporations.

The successful general strike organised by the Ulster Workers' Council against the treasonable Sunningdale Agreement is another example of industrial action taken in the interests of the British Nation. The Ulster Workers' Council strike further showed that a political victory against an unrepresentative government decree was only brought about by industrial action, when all other forms of 'legitimate' political activity has failed.

Radical Nationalists will no doubt be quick to grasp the full significance of these realities of political life in the 20th century industrial society. They prove beyond all doubt what an influential power medium Trade Unions have become. They show the power of industrial action as a political weapon. They demonstrate the need for the National Front to establish an industrial base.

Politics is about Power, and people in politics must pursue and exercise power whenever ir can be found. If we ignore the need to build an industrial base, via the Trade Unions, then we are running the risk of being both politically and strategically outmanoeuvred in the power struggle by out political enemies.

FIGHTING THE COMMUNISTS

At this point it is worth dwelling on the aims of any future Nationalist Trade Union campaign. Obviously one of the major aims would be the need to expose and combat the communist menace.

It is a well known fact that, over the years, Marxists of every shade and variety have placed great emphasis on industrial activity. Over time the Reds have evolved an efficient and highly effective industrial apparatus that serves their cause well.

Today the extreme left controls or has a strong influence in all the major unions. They hold positions of power ranging from National Executives down to Shop Stewards and Joint Committees.

How has this been achieved? How has the Left, which is electorally insignificant, been able to control and dominate one of our major national institutions?

The answer is simply that communists are dedicated. Whilst the ordinary British working man prefers to watch television or enjoy a few pints down the local pub, communists are busy getting themselves elected into positions to power. While weak 'moderate' Trade Union officials ignore workers' grievances, communists have been taking up the challenge and getting things done. By these methods the Reds have been able to seize control of the Trade Union machinery and have been able to exploit the just grievances of ordinary working people to further their own political ends.

The absolute necessity of opposing communism in the Unions is plain to see. In the long term, when a Nationalist government comes to power it will need Trade Union support in its aim to construct a new Britain. This will never happen whilst our Unions are still controlled by the Red element who will obviously do all they can to thwart and sabotage our industrial and economic plans.

In the mean time we have to demonstrate to British workers that British Nationalism, and not Marxism, is the real radical alternative to the present decaying, corrupt liberal-capitalist system, which has brought us constant economic deprivation and flooded our country with millions of unassimilable immigrants.

FIGHTING THE MODERATES

At this stage it is also important to stipulate that there must be no cooperation, on any accounts, with any 'moderate' elements - even in the fight against communism. It must be remembered that these 'moderate' elements - by their collaboration with Tory and Labour Government economic policies - are guilty of propping up a system which has ruined the British economy and caused 1.5 million workers to be thrown onto the economic scrapheap.

These careerists and timeservers, whose reward is usually a seat in that den of thieves and crooks known as the House of Lords, deserve the contempt of all working people.

Any alliance with 'moderates' will not only identify Nationalists with failed policies, but will prop up a system that has forced more and more people to consider Marxism as a serious political alternative.

As Our Trade Unions states, Nationalists should take an independent line, presenting a radical alternative to Marxism and should take up a stance on the militant rather than the moderate wing of their Unions.

TERRIFIC OPPORTUNITIES

Any future Nationalist Trade Union campaign also opens the door for a new and exciting range of propaganda. If we can establish an industrial network it presents a golden opportunity for getting our economic/industrial policies onto the shopfloor and across to large numbers of British workers.

With the production of Nationalist Trade Union papers and by workplace bulletins we will be able to present our policies of withdrawal from the Common Market; import controls on foreign goods; profit sharing; the establishment of new manufacturing industries; the curbing of the power of the multi-nationals; the total reform of the banking system; and the introduction of new technology in order to provide more leisure time and a shorter working week, in a manner that we have never been able to do before.

All in all, a Nationalist Trade Union campaign, with an emphasis on rank and file activity, presents terrific opportunities for the furtherence of British Nationalism. Communist have taken control simply because there has been nobody to oppose them. There is latent support for British Nationalism in the Unions and, with the right tactics, we will no doubt be in control of Union branches up and down the country within a short time. We will discover a whole new world of power and influence.

The Eighties are going to be a politically decisive decade. We are playing for high stakes. The survival of our Nation, Race and ultimately Western Civilization is at stake. We must not fail.

As the Establishment moves to deny us the normal use of the constitutional road to power, the need arises to use other existing structures that are a means to power. We need an industrial and community base. To succeed in the Trade Unions we will have to be dedicated, more dedicated than the communists. Overall our aim must be to lead the Trade Unions away from communist internationalism and back to their original purpose, promoting and defending the interests of ordinary British workers.

Our Trade Unions goes a great way towards preparing Nationalist workers for that struggle - a struggle that will decide whether Nationalism or Marxism becomes the dominant ideology in Britain during the 1980s.