Mac to axe union laws

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Karen Rockett

LABOUR is to scrap laws bar­ring peo­ple from tak­ing in­dus­trial ac­tion to help fel­low work­ers abroad.

John Mcdon­nell pledged to re­store union pow­ers lost un­der Mar­garet Thatcher’s gov­ern­ment in the 1980s.

The shadow chan­cel­lor spoke in Scot­land, where he hailed a fight by Roll­sroyce staff in East Kil­bride dur­ing the 1970s.

They re­fused to re­pair jet engines used by Gen­eral Au­gusto Pinochet’s bru­tal dic­ta­tor­ship in Chile.

Mr Mcdon­nell said: “It was an ef­fec­tive blow against the Pinochet regime and its bru­tal­ity against its own peo­ple.

“When we go back into gov­ern­ment we will re­store union rights that will en­able work­ers to take sim­i­lar ac­tion sup­port­ing fel­low work­ers in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“Such acts of sol­i­dar­ity have been at­tacked and un­der­mined by re­stric­tive anti-union laws started in the 1980s un­der Thatcher’s Tory gov­ern­ment.

“Our pro­gramme of re­form will re­store the bal­ance be­tween em­ployer and worker.”

THE av­er­age adult will send 18 Christ­mas cards this month, and one in ten of us will send one to a pet, ac­cord­ing to Royal Mail re­search.

RE­FORMS: Mcdon­nell

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