‘Super Union’ Merger in the Works
Posted on Apr 5, 2007
Britain’s biggest union will meet with the United Steel Workers, a North American organization, to discuss the possibility of a merger. The resulting international mega-union would be one of the largest in the world. The head of the British group has previously expressed a desire to form “a single global trade union movement capable of challenging the might of multinationals.”
Although there are different labour laws in other countries, a super union could put pressure on companies and their managers, he added.
On some issues, for example pay, it would be possible to co-ordinate strikes at a company with plants in Britain and America.
Amicus is already set to expand next month when it merges with the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G), making it the country’s biggest union.
Previously, [Amicus General Secretary Derek] Simpson has spoken of creating “a single global trade union movement capable of challenging the might of multinationals”.