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Will The Resurgent Trade Union Sector Reach Old Highs?

While it would be unfair to say that any one party in the UK would benefit from a falling economy, there is no doubt that these are the times when Unions come to the fore. As companies look increasingly to lighten their cost base as economically as possible and employees look to secure their employment, the Unions are very much the middle parties.

The Union movement in the UK goes back decades but under the government of Margaret Thatcher there was a major crack down on them in the 1980s and Mrs Thatcher managed to break them for many years to come. She took away much of their power, making it illegal to stage secondary pickets in support of actions which Unions were not directly involved. However, times are changing.

New Labour began very much in the vein of the old Conservative Party, not in need of Union funding as much as they were, with the likes of Tony Blair courting the business community. However, now that Tony Blair has gone and the economy y is taking a dive, the Unions are making a comeback and have arranged some very prominent strikes over the last few months. The Labour Party can ill afford to upset their paymasters at the moment so we are seeing the Unions take on the business community directly.

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