Labour leader jeered at TUC
UNION leaders jeered Ed Miliband and called him an ‘arsehole’ yesterday after the Labour leader again refused to back strike action against pension reform.
The Labour boss looked shocked at the venom that was directed at him from the floor of the TUC conference in London.
At one point Miliband visibly flinched as one delegate yelled: ‘ARSEHOLE!’
Public sector unions are battling to keep gold-plated pension rights for members in the face of spending cuts.
Miliband told the restless union activists he understood why they felt angry, but said it was a ‘mistake’ to strike while talks were going on.
In his speech, Mr Miliband stressed the strength of the link between Labour and the trade unions, who currently provide 80% of its funding.
To heckling from some in the audience at Congress House he said: “I fully understand why millions of decent public sector workers feel angry.
“But while negotiations were going on, I do believe it was a mistake for strikes to happen.
“I continue to believe that.
“But what we need now is meaningful negotiation to prevent further confrontation over the autumn.”