I am a Norwegian economist who has lived and worked in London for 27 years. Strong and responsible unions are in my view one of the reasons that the Norwegian economy is doing well. The same can be said for Sweden and Denmark.
The unions in Scandinavia have given priority to employment for all, decent working conditions and a fair distribution of income. A drive to strengthen unions and increase union membership in the UK would in my opinion inevitably result in a stronger and fairer UK economy. Strong unions are bound to be responsible.
We had strong unions for a couple of decades. And as it turned out they weren’t responsible.