Ministers consider union crackdown

Ministers are considering moves to crack down on the unions amid fears of a wave of crippling industrial action over public sector cuts, according to reports.

Owen Jones: Bring politics back to the real world

"It's not the existence of classes that threatens the unity of the nation, but the existence of class feeling." Those words appeared in the Conservative Party's statement of aims in 1976, just three years before Margaret Thatcher began to transform British society. The document's authors would undoubtedly find much satisfaction in the complex and disturbing portrait of attitudes to class uncovered by the research firm BritainThinks in modern Britain.

Terry Marsland: Union leader who devoted her career to fighting for women's rights

In the 1970s two great campaigning movements came together with consequences that are still being felt to this day.

Talks planned over Tube strikes

Talks are set to be held today in a bid to avert a wave of strikes by London Underground workers next week which threaten travel chaos for passengers, including those travelling to the Wimbledon tennis championships.

Jobs deal averts postal strike

The threat of strikes by postal workers in London in a dispute over jobs was lifted today when a deal was reached with the Royal Mail.

Heathrow Express strike called off

A planned strike by workers on the Heathrow Express rail service between the airport and London has been called off after a new pay offer, it was announced today.

Good service on all Tube lines after strike

London Underground said a good service was running on all Tube lines today despite an earlier strike in protest over the sacking of a driver.

Strike talks on the brink of collapse

Critical talks between ministers and the unions over public-sector pension reform have a 50-50 chance of being cancelled, senior negotiators have warned as the Government reiterated a new hardline approach to a deal. Union leaders said they were close to pulling out of a meeting with ministers next week to hammer out a broad agreement for ongoing discussions.

Village People: How to buy off dissenters

"David Cameron does not realise what a powerful position he is in," said a headline in yesterday's Telegraph. One example the essay did not mention is that the Prime Minister, has not yet latched on to one of his most effective weapons for silencing potential malcontents on his backbenches – knighthoods.

Leading article: In state pensions, one age should fit all

At the present state of discussions, it is hard to know who, if anyone, is trying to bluff whom and what shape the real bargaining is taking.

Tube bosses appeal over strike

London Underground appealed for a series of Tube strikes to be called off today, saying it will reinstate a sacked driver if told to by an employment tribunal.

Heathrow Express workers to strike

Workers on the express rail link between Heathrow Airport and central London are to stage a 24-hour strike in a row over pay, it was announced today.

Britain walks out: UK braced for biggest wave of strikes since the 1980s

Hundreds of thousands of public employees set to strike, with co-ordinated day of action on 30 June

Donald Macintyre: If these strikes work, they'll buck a decades-long trend

Whenever national strikes have been threatened in this century, ears have been pricked to detect the distant echoes of those in the last one – especially now that there is the prospect of industrial struggle against a Conservative government.

Public sector strikes to go ahead

The Government is facing the biggest outbreak of industrial action since it came to power after civil servants joined teachers in voting heavily for strikes in worsening rows over pensions, pay and jobs.

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