After the Fireworks

Lejeune, Anthony
September 1977
National Review;9/30/1977, Vol. 29 Issue 38, p1111
This article focuses on relations of the British Government with the trade unions. The Labor government had negotiated a so-called "social contract," with trade unions. Under the contract, the unions could ask for only one increment in 12 months. This contract was made to lessen their wage demands in return for a package of pro union, anticapitalist legislation. Now the government has asked for the Phase III of the contract. But, this time, trade unions are not ready. They don't want another political deal. The coal-miners voted to seek a 90 percent wage increase from November 1, and the Transport and General Workers' Union voted against accepting any further pay curbs. The contract has been unable to prevent further inflation in the nation. The Government says that if the Phase III is not agreed by the unions, it will vote not adjust the pay as per the inflation.


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