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Trade Unions to press self destruct button?

Oh dear – are we heading for industrial unrest and protest at the government cuts? Will there be some ghastly throwback to the 1970s and pointless strikes that destroy value and jobs? The TUC conference has slipped into last week’s news as the party conference season gets into full swing but we should not relax too much following the strident rhetoric of the Union leaders. One might have expected Bob (10% salary increase in 2010) Crow of the RMT to have stirred the members up but he was not alone. Sadly, the tide of protest left the TUC general secretary with little choice other than to tacitly endorse the popular move for civil unrest.

The level of ignorance and bellicose ranting has been lamentable. Can we really recover £156B from the rich? Of course not!

Who are the winners from industrial unrest? None.

The unions must protect the interests of their members but not at all costs – such as more job losses that will follow if strike action becomes fashionable.

Wake up – no one open like the tough economic decisions but we are in this together.

By the way – the protests took place six weeks before the exact nature of the cuts have been announced….


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