We need power to drive the politics - and that must start in the workplace
Sharon Graham, Unite executive officer
For those of us that believe unions must be progressive and transformative, this is a dangerous time. If we fail to focus on winning at work and people's material issues, we will lose our members' ears and defeat will follow.
Already, only a small minority of members are engaged in this debate. Make no mistake, we are moving in ever decreasing circles and we need fundamental change.
For many years, conversations within the left have often been reduced to considering the merits - or otherwise - of the existing leadership of the Labour Party. But decades on from Thatcher, this discussion is increasingly detached from the concerns of working people. Instead of putting forward concrete plans to build working-class power, general secretary elections are being fought as proxy wars, far removed from workers.