Guest blog: Frank Hont says don't promote outdated views of unions as agitators making unrealistice demands
I was surprised to read Blue Labourite suggest that those young people off to the Leeds Festival will never vote Labour because train drivers are exercising their democratic right to fight for a better deal.
Personally I would credit them with a bit more sense.
Our anonymous blogger needs to decide whether it is better to be blue or Labour - sorry to say but its not possible to be both. Promoting the outdated view that unions are agitators making unrealistic demands suggests to me that our correspondent is a darker shade of blue.
As for the comment that unions are dominated by men I despair. UNISON here in the North West has 200,000 members and 72% are women - with the vast majority of our senior elected positions also held by women.
We are proud to organise and represent the workers who keep our communities together. Teaching assistants , cleaners , carers , nurses , social workers , school catering staff , school crossing patrols and many , many more essential jobs.
We are also proud to negotiate on their behalf and proud to be recognised as their friend at work. Trade unions also have a great record in assisting our members to return to learn and improve their skills - a record acknowledged by thousands of employers in the UK.
But unions do more than this. We campaign for a fairer society , for equal opportunities , for better health and safety at work and in defence of the NHS.
Most sensible employers recognise the value of dealing with an organised , progressive trade union on a day to day basis to improve the workplace and an organisation's service efficiency.
Most sensible members of the Labour Party understand the past , present and future relationship that our party has and will have with organised labour.
If Blue Labourite needs any more information about trade unions - and there is plenty - or their current grown up affiliation to the Labour Party just ask a man or woman who knows. The alternative is to carry on reading the Daily Mail.