Some in the leadership of the union movement seem determined to run the fight against the recession into a dead end.
Unite general secretary Derek Simpson teamed up with the right-wing rag the Daily Star last week to push the British Jobs for British Workers slogan.
In contrast almost a thousand trade unionists have signed a statement calling for a united fight over jobs and pointing to the dangers of targeting “foreign workers”.
The statement is in response to the unofficial walkouts in construction (see Controversy over construction walkouts). It is part of an attempt to shape resistance to the recession.