Why some union leaders have buckled over the occupation of Iraq.
Watching the major trade union leaders at this year's Labour Party conference, I was reminded of a Socialist Worker editorial discussion a few years ago. We were discussing the 'awkward squad' - the union leaders elected to office on policies critical of Blairism from the left. We all agreed that these leaders could not be crudely equated with the Blairite figures they had replaced. Their combative language reflected a wide feeling for more struggle among hundreds of thousands of union activists.