As a matter of fact, union organizations on both sides of the Cold War tended to support the world-view and the agenda of their respective states; whether the AUCCTU
in the Soviet Union, the TUC in Labour Party Britain, or the AFL in the United States.
Today, the central trade union apparatus, the AUCCTU, is widely regarded as an "emplty shell." Throughout the auto industry, and in manu others, the cental union apparatus has lost considerable power to the locals.
Kashirin claims that in the last six to eight months, the AUCCTU has 'done everything to prevent limiting the rights of working people in the enterprises." But the examples he gives all pertain to resisting price increases.