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Institute for Employment Rights meeting

by Ben Drake
Issue No. 2037

The Institute for Employment Rights hosted a meeting last week to support the Trade Union Freedom Bill.

The platform reflected the breadth and strength of support for the bill within the unions.

There were strong speeches in support from union leaders Bob Crow (RMT), Billy Hayes (CWU), Tony Woodley (T&G), Christine Blower (NUT), Jeremy Dear (NUJ), Barry Lovejoy (UCU), and apologies from Paul Kenny (GMB) and Brian Caton (POA) – the latter because he was up before the High Court for trade union activity!

Left wing candidate for the Labour leadership John McDonnell MP also spoke. He won support for his call to broaden out the campaign for the bill to wider forces in civil society, drawing on the progressive majority revealed by the anti-war movement.

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Sat 10 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2037
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