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Opinion: Trade unions, pensions and Labour

I have been following very closely the pensions dispute as it unfolds and one of my concerns is public sector workers could lose a lot of pay through strike action in what I am starting to believe is a political strike which they cannot possibly win.

I am also a little surprised at the way the government have handled things so far and, as a former national union representative, I have been amazed at times by their ineptitude.

Further confirmation I am afraid that the Tories and sadly many in our party don’t understand the real world of industrial relations.

So why do …

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Opinion: Cable’s GMB speech encapsulated coalition tensions

The Business Secretary Vince Cable’s speech to the GMB annual conference last Monday received significant attention. Some media coverage would have us believe that the senior Lib Dem had brazenly threatened trades unions with serious curbs on their strike powers. In fact, Cable had qualified his brief hint of this possibility with the admission that present circumstances merited no government action.

Within the context of unions’ criticism of government cuts to jobs and services, Cable’s introduction to the table of the possibility of changes to strike law may have been a strategic manoeuvre intended to dissuade industrial action planned

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  • User AvatarAlex B 4th Oct - 8:25am
    Nice move to have a collection for Calais refugees at the Green conference. Couldn't help a smile at Mark's tomatoes and mangos analogy above. Agree...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 4th Oct - 7:58am
    @ Eddie Sammon. Didn't he also say that he would "squeeze property speculators until the pips squeak"?
  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 4th Oct - 6:45am
    "I’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that the ‘renegotiation’ must contain unequivocal and explicit statements that (a) ‘ever closer union’, at least as far...
  • User AvatarBim 4th Oct - 1:59am
    Perhaps not to worrying if your ambition is to see britain meshed into all those governance structures, which is fine, but would anyone elect a...
  • User AvatarGeorge Kendall 4th Oct - 1:07am
    What I like about the Monarchy is the living link with our history. I rather like our history of the gradual evolution of an hereditary...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 3rd Oct - 11:04pm
    I think it's safe to say that I would have been a fan of Healey. I like Labour moderates (and radicals). This quote from 1997...