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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 AvatarPeter Hayes 24th May - 10:05pm
    Well said. My own ex-MP will probably have to let people go because there is no funding. The same for the party, some will go...
  • User AvatarAndrew 24th May - 10:04pm
    @Martin Those low earning graduates you speak of will still have a huge and growing debt hanging over them that will hamper their efforts to...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 24th May - 10:00pm
    I attended Stephen Lloyd's "Thank You Party" on 24 May at the Afton hotel in Eastbourne. There was one gay Irishman celebrating the referendum result....
  • User AvatarDanny 24th May - 9:57pm
    A family example. My great grandfather was a small farmer. He and his rather large family had a small farm which would be considered way...
  • User AvatarAndrew 24th May - 9:52pm
    My first experience of political campaigning was delivering leaflets aged 10 in Ecclesall (Sheffield Hallam) against the abolition of grammar schools. My father, a life-long...
  • User AvatarTCO 24th May - 9:48pm
    @Danny thank you that was most thought provoking. This is a subject which does deserve its own thread. Sadly I fear it will disappear from...
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