By Keith Flett
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Communicating Strategies

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As an activist in Connect, the telecoms union, I was one of those responsible for drawing up and pushing through the union's conference policy on the offshoring of jobs that the Walrus refers to (December SR).
Issue 281

The policy is a good one, but a policy is not a strategy. The idea of stopping redundancies in Britain and getting trade union terms for any work that goes to India or elsewhere is something that socialists can support. But it only needs to be tweaked a little to end up with the New Labour line that nothing can be done to stop jobs going, though of course it will be done with the best of intentions.

On the other hand, the policy of protecting British jobs, as the Walrus notes, comes complete with some very unhealthy political associations. However, if Amicus or the CWU organised industrial action to stop jobs being offshored, then I would support that, and argue against any Little Englandism or worse that might go with it.

Ultimately, policies are one thing, but a strategy that delivers on the ground is harder and more important to achieve.

Keith Flett
Chair, London Region, Connect

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