September 14, 2005

LABOUR VS. LABOR:

Blair and Brown disappoint unions (ePolitix, 9/14/05)

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have dismayed union leaders by declaring there will be no relaxation of laws on industrial action.

Addressing the Trades Union Congress annual dinner last night, the prime minister said the government would not bow to demands to legalise secondary industrial action and insisted that unions must modernise to meet the challenge of competition from the Far East.

He was speaking hours after the chancellor delivered a similar message on the TUC conference platform.

The prime minister said: "I understand the strong feelings caused by the Gate Gourmet dispute. But it would be dishonest to tell you that any Labour government is going to legislate a return to secondary action. It won't happen."

Brown, whose speech yesterday won only lukewarm applause from delegates, said: "There can be no retreat from demanding efficiency and value for money as well as equity as we renew and reform public services."

Most union leaders said they were disappointed by his speech.


How long can it take them to figure out that Blair/Brown's Labour is Britain's conservative party?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2005 7:15 AM
Comments

legalise secondary industrial action

Brr. Secondary action. Now there's a way to paralyze an entire economy.

Posted by: John Thacker [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 14, 2005 8:52 AM

How long can it take them to figure out that Blair/Brown's Labour is Britain's conservative party?

Could be, but what then what a pathetic state English conservatism is in.

Posted by: Twn at September 14, 2005 10:11 AM

And has been since the 19th century.

Posted by: oj at September 14, 2005 10:15 AM
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