THE new TUC general secretary's recent statement and the organisation's working time directive poster campaign explaining what rights would be lost if Britain's EU membership was renegotiated are a real expression of weakness.
It says much for the political backwardness of the British trade union movement that all of these "rights" could and should have been bettered by the Blair and Brown governments.
Even in total these "concessions" are small change compared with the undermining of conditions of employment by the judgements of the European Court of Justice and EU directives forcing public services to accept privatisation and private competition.
What the working people of this country need is an effective campaign of trade union action to bring about real improvements in our rights at work.
It should be based on free collective bargaining and a strategy to bring about an alternative to austerity that a future Labour government cannot afford to ignore.
Neither of these are possible if we remain within the EU.