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Take back our Unions

In the struggle against globalism there is an untapped resource which the nationalists have yet to utilize. This is the strength and political muscle of organized labour. The concept of nationalist trade unions is something to be explored, since it might give us the competitive edge we need. Especially in societies like ours, where unions are one of the few bastions of resistance against ruthless international capitalism.  Although many in our movement will associate the unions with communism and socialists, it is worthwhile to remember the existential right of unions and why this could be used in our favour

The Great Betrayal
While informal unions have existed for hundreds of years, the first modern labour unions started forming during the 18th century with the rise of the Industrial Revolution. During this time workers started to unite themselves against abysmal working conditions, unfair wages and extreme working hours. While this initial plight was noble, the unions quickly became instruments of socialism and communism and started to be dominated by members of these political affiliations. Even until this day, the unions can still be found supporting either left wing social democratic parties or outright socialist and communist parties. While the unions have accomplished a lot in most of Europe when we talk about workers’ rights and benefits, the unions are currently aligned with parties who, in the long run, damage the interest of the workers of Europe. These are the parties that in general overwhelmingly support open borders for low-skilled migrants. This creates direct additional competition on the labour market which will have a negative effect on wage growth. This also rings true for the special highly skilled migrant visa’s many European countries have.This kind of migration yet again depresses wage growth for the European workers. However, the political parties that work with the unions do nothing to stop this. As a way of distraction, they help the union members in short term benefit disputes, while systematically undermining their position in the long run. The reality is that every party that supports the globalist concept of “free movement of workers” is opposing the unions’ interests.

An Era Of Renewed Relevance 
Membership of labour unions in European countries is either on the decline or stabilizing, with a few exceptions. There may however be an opportunity for nationalists to re-enter the world of organized labour and create sustainable growth for the movement. The European worker is already experiencing the rich benefits of globalization through outsourcing and hostile foreign takeovers. Both lead to the losses of European jobs at the companies involved. At the same time, people are buying cheap foreign sweatshop products, while local producers go out of business. The involved leftists unions and parties seem unable to do anything about all of these things.
Just like in the 18th century, we are also experiencing a sort of industrial revolution. It is to be expected that robotization and automatization will claim increasing numbers of jobs in the near future because of this ‘digital’ revolution. And just like in the 18th century, this brings a new threat to workers’ rights and employment. The Gig Economy for instance is already a sign of this threat;

“The gig economy is a free market system in which temporary positions are common and organizations contract with independent workers for short term engagements”

While some specialists in their trade or very freedom-minded individuals herald the concept of being independent, one must realize that, benefits wise, such an economy will not be kind to the vast majority of workers. Many participants of the Gig Economy have no insurance, disability protection and near to no pension build up. All these current threats combined pose a serious challenge for the European worker and his livelihood. It is also this struggle, on which the positions of the union members and the nationalists naturally align, firmly against the globalist worldview and its devastating consequences for the majority of the people. The problem however is that the parties who are allied with the unions will not take up on these issues and will ignore part of their union base in the process. This offers many opportunities in different European countries for the nationalists to start their own unions, while really championing the rights of her workers.

Workers Of The World, Unite?
Having nationalist unions across Europe would be highly beneficial for the movement for a number of reasons. It would provide members of the movement with jobs, creating a higher percentage of paid full-time political agitators. A labour union could also easily be used to direct mass votes to a specific candidate of choice. The current unions will not quickly endorse nationalist candidates, so their members might be more hesitant to vote for one. A nationalist union might prove to be of large advantage. While it may sound like an impossible task to organize a nationalist union from a legal point of view, one should remember that within the EU laws our right to unionize is firmly enshrined. It’s also relatively easy to join collective labour agreement negations because of these mentioned enshrined rights. Any nationalist, young or old, with some time on his hands and willing to stand up for the workers of Europe, could easily exercise these rights and start a union. The most important reason why unions are needed is that they can provide the movement a new constituency and following , people who primarily rally and vote for workers’ rights. The strategy of organizing labour in the nationalist lane will collaterally deal a serious blow to the globalist left wing parties, which is always in our favour. The concept of nationalist labour across Europe might provide us with the power to finally counter the rootless globalist threat in all of Europe. Although it might sound strange, maybe Marxwas rightafter all when he called for workers of the world to unite.

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