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Postal workers union takes on Royal Mail

Bill Hayes, the Postal workers union leader, has today set the cat amongst the pigeons with a comment that he is "stronger than Scargill" which is a direct comparison to Arthur Scargill who was the bane of the UK government in the 1980s. This will do nothing to improve the reputation of the Labour Party which is effectively at the beck and call of the unions due in the main to the party's difficult financial situation.

It seems more and more that the unions are looking to flex their muscles however they appear totally unaware that this is turning voters against the Labour Party and unions in general. As we approach the Christmas period there seems little to no chance of the proposed strikes being cancelled and many people will receive their Christmas post after the festive period. Whether it is actually the management or the unions to blame, the friction between the two parties has highlighted the fact that the UK is still very much at the beck and call of unions at the moment.

While Margaret Thatcher effectively took on and broke the unions back in the 1980s, it seems that Gordon Brown is literally fighting with one hand behind his back and unable to take the action which he may well have taken in the early days of "new Labour".

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