"what do you think to the idea of non union members hving to negotiat their own terms nd conditions?"
That's a complex issue in my opinion. What good did it do for the miners when their leaders "negotiated" a wage rise out of Ted Heath? In my experience , companies offer the terms and conditions that attract the people they want.
Post Thatcher union reforms, I reckon the unions have done a better job for their members than ever before. They have moved from being an undemocratic force where some leaders in some unions sometimes their members muscle to try to frustrate the will of Parliament. They are now, it seems to me much more pragmatic in their approach, looking wider and further than just the rate for the job, the length of the working week etc, helped in large part by an improvement in the quality of many managements compared with pre-Thatcher days.
like I said we got sick of pheasant for tea.
It meant that the miners didn't slide down the payscale, rather than mak them rich beyond the dreams of avarice.
There were many archaic practices in the way unions were structured. There was also incompetenbce and arrogance ftom management, and there were garbage products made on archaic equipment designed by complacent er designers.
As an aside the NUM's practices, had conformed to those desired by Thatcher since the 1920s.