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Strike potential

Some of loudest voices against the Government's measures on the economy are the unions.

Perhaps, you could call it the politics of 'the last resort.'

The TUC General Secretary, Brendan Barber, says they'll only take industrial action against govt policies as a 'last resort.'

Meanwhile, Francis Maude, the minister who has been negotiating with the unions over public sector pensions and redundancies, says changing the law on strikes would also be guess what, the 'last resort.'

But some Conservatives, including the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, believe the Government should act now, arguing that trade unions should be banned from calling strikes in the public sector if less than half the membership has actually cast a vote.

John Beesley has this report.



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