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CBI calls for change to union rules

The CBI has today called for significant changes to current UK legislation regarding union strike action and the level of support needed from union members. This is certainly feels like a case of déjà vu with the last Conservative government having been accused of ripping up employment law and attacking the unions. So why is the CBI calling for changes?

The CBI, the UK government and a growing number of business leaders in the UK are becoming ever more concerned about the threat of strike activity across the board. In many ways strike action was kept to a "minimum" under the previous Labour government but there is a growing feeling this will change as the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition is now in place. Whether David Cameron can afford to upset the unions even more, ahead of his expected £85 billion public-sector spending cuts, is open to debate but one thing is certain there will be friction between the two groups.

Slowly but surely we are seeing tension in the employment market increase and there is a feeling that more strikes will be announced in the short to medium term. The unions are starting to flex their muscles and the UK government appears willing and able to stand up for the fight.

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