There was an extremely thought-provoking call-in discussion programme on Radio 4 yesterday - it can be listened again here
One caller was an Employment Tribunal 'wing' member, who was clearly alarmed that fee requirements had reduced claims by 80% but resulted in most employees mistreated by their employers being denied access to justice - excepting those sensible enough to have joined trade unions
Another caller ( an SME employer no less ) commented that unions in the bad old days had been a pain but that any worker nowadays who didn't join a union " needed their head examined "
The point was made too that the trade union movement generally now had a golden opportunity to put the bad old days behind it and extend their declining membership into SMEs and service industry sectors etc on the basis that it's the only way that workers can ultimately safeguard their interests.
There were a few negative experiences with trade unions reported too, but the main thrust was as above
I hope some folk at CIPD HQ were tuned-in, as all this I think is just part of far wider socioeconomic and technological change which is heading traditional employment relationships and employment law towards obsolescence and as a society we need to think about and plan where we are going on all this before the forces of change overwhelm us.
Do colleagues have a view?