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Arrogant, out-of-touch Con-Dem politicians actually believed they had defeated trade union opposition to their savage austerity measures after last year’s strikes. Yet a number of key unions are poised to strike-back on 28 March – and significant private-sector struggles continue. PETER TAAFFE writes.
THE TREMENDOUS victory of the construction electricians against the multi-national contractor Balfour Beatty is a hugely significant moment for these workers but also for the rest of the union movement, particularly in the private sector. ROB WILLIAMS reports.
The direct interference of Britain’s Tory prime minister, David Cameron, into plans for an independence referendum in Scotland, sparked anger and outrage. It was seen as an arrogant attempt to dictate policy – and rekindled painful memories of the savage anti-working class policies of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s. The tactic immediately backfired, however, with polls showing increased support for independence or enhanced devolution. PHILIP STOTT assesses the situation.
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