Yes to Workplace Democracy: Why campaigning trade unions matter
Mike Arnott: GMB 30 years, secretary of Dundee TUC and member of STUC General Council
Helen Meldrum: Public and Commercial Services Union, Revenue and Customs Dundee Branch
Secretary and a member of PCS General Executive Council.
Note-taker – Hamish Drummond: former chair STUC Youth Committee and Dundee Trades Council
and PCS Exec Council
Jim McFarlane: founder Dundee Trade Unionists for Yes, Secretary of Dundee City Union and regular
candidate for the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition (TUSC).
Beyond the General Election – potential for trade unions in building a more progressive future.
1. That trade unions must remain truly independent of both employers and the state to represent
their members interests.
2. That legal restrictions prevent trade union members, particularly in a workplace context, from
taking solidarity action via grassroots democracy.
3. Learning from the Yes campaign on the effectiveness of an active culture of meetings,
discussion and democratic engagement as well as the benefits of social media strategies.