COMMENT: Claims of trade union 'fat cats' and anti-austerity war chests

July 26, 2012 10:54 AM

Writing for Public Service Europe TPA Research Director John O'Connell looks at the union bosses who are fighting reforms that would ease the pressure on taxpayers.

Writing for Public Service Europe TPA Research Director John O'Connell looks at the union bosses who are fighting reforms that would ease the pressure on taxpayers.

Yesterday morning, many employees of the United Kingdom Border Agency were supposed to be on strike. It was called off by the Public and Commercial Services Union just as we were all arguing over what had made the economy tank by 0.7 per cent, in the second quarter of 2012. The PCS union said it changed its mind after the Home Office had promised to create hundreds of new jobs and increase investment. Mysteriously though, Home Office minister Damien Green denied that the government made any concessions at all. Perhaps, cancelling the strike was just a way of keeping the British Chancellor's woes on the front pages for a little longer.

 

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