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What’s Wrong with the Unions? A Syndicalist Answer
By Tom Brown
Published in 1955 by Syndicalist Workers Federation
There are several ways of beginning a book or pamphlet on a labour question. One may start, as many pundits do, with Adam and Eve and work on through history until one has reached the Tolpuddle martyrs on the second last page. Or one might begin, continue, and end by quoting the writings of bearded gentlemen who lived a hundred years ago. This method saves writing half of the book if sufficient quotations are made — and it saves all the ideas. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but the scissors beat both of them!
There is a third method ... to begin with the subject at its place and in its time. This I would do. I will take as my starting point a discussion I had with my workmates a few days ago. This discussion is woven, in my remembrance, into many other discussions, for they have had the same theme and have ended without solution. And the subject has probably often been discussed by you and your mates, be you miner, clerk, bus driver, or machinist. “What’s wrong with the unions?”
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