Tyranny of the mi­nor­ity

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Plans to change the laws that gov­ern the way trade unions op­er­ate – as out­lined in a let­ter of in­tent sent this week by the gov­ern­ment to the In­ter­na­tional Mon­e­tary Fund in order to per­suade it to join the Greek bailout pro­gram – will, ar­guably, be a very pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for the coun­try. The new rules can go a very long way to­wards chang­ing prac­tices that had lit­tle re­spect for demo­cratic rules of en­gage­ment. The fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of democ­racy stip­u­late that crit­i­cal de­ci­sions re­gard­ing the fu­ture of all em­ploy­ees of a busi­ness or an in­dus­try must be taken with an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity. The sit­u­a­tion un­til now gave in­or­di­nate pow­ers to mi­nori­ties within trade unions, rais­ing ques­tions about whether they were ac­tu­ally de­fend­ing the rights of work­ers or other in­ter­ests. Em­ploy­ees can’t and shouldn’t be held hostage to a mi­nor­ity or to union bosses, es­pe­cially when it comes to de­ci­sions that im­pact them di­rectly.

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