This rs21 pamphlet, written by Brian Parkin and Raymond M, takes on the arguments about Trident and the arms industry and looks at the potential for diversification into socially useful production. It demonstrates how support for Trident not only does not defend jobs but eats up budgets that could have provided many more jobs in other areas.
The issue of Trident has proved to be massively divisive within the UK labour movement and beyond. Undoubtedly Trident was one of the issues around which the right of the Parliamentary Labour Party staged their coup against the Corbyn leadership. But Trident – and the issue of arms production generally – has for far too long been manipulated by governments, the defence industry and, regrettably, much of a trade union leadership, who combine a lack of vision with an inability to promote arms diversification as a jobs creation opportunity.
In this 36 page pamphlet, written by rank and file union members, an alternative vision of expanding employment away from arms production and into renewable energy and environmental technologies is set out. In its reasoned and technically informed argument it lays bare the lie that secure jobs can ever be assured in the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.
The pamphlet also explains how an unholy partnership between government, weapons companies and sections of the labour movement prevents us saving existing jobs and developing jobs for the future in large scale employment in sustainable projects.
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