Government should curb the power of the unions

Written by Priti Patel on 12 May 2011 in Opinion
As Britain’s trade unions threaten waves of industrial action and civil disobedience, Conservative MP Priti Patel makes the case for new legislation to introduce voter thresholds for unions

With every government announcement comes an inevitable response from the trade unions. Whether it’s over NHS reform, academies, pensions or slashing government waste, no news report would be complete without a trade union general secretary reciting their well-rehearsed and predictable lines, attacking cuts and bankers. In private, and increasingly in public, union representatives are also talking the language of strikes, co-ordinated industrial action to maximise damage, and civil disobedience.

The government should change union laws to protect tax-payers and the majority of Britons who want to work without disruption

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