The supposed motivation for the manufactured manufacturing crisis is jobs.
But it’s not about the workers.
Rob Hosking explains it’s really about power plays between left wing parties.
There is a massive Indian leg-wrestle going on not only between Labour and the Greens but within Labour, and the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union is one of the most important power brokers on the left.
With the change in Labour Party rules last year, the EPMU will have a very large say in who the next leader is. There is also a battle on for support, at the next election, of voters who work in this sector.
It is also about protecting the size of the EPMU by trying to keep manufacturing jobs. Shedding lower skilled jobs and employing higher-skilled workers is not so welcome by this group as such workers are less likely to be unionised. . .
If it was about the workers, those behind the manufactured crisis would be delighted that people were improving their skills, and earning ability.
But parties whose modus operandi is to tax and redistribute need people staying in low-paid jobs who will benefit more from redistribution than those in higher paid ones who will benefit less and pay more.