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Labour 'should back' public sector strike negotiations

People in the public sector should receive the backing of Labour when it comes to striking, it has been claimed.

26 September 2011

The Labour party should support public sector workers who take industrial action.

This is according to Paul Kenny, general secretary of GMB, who noted that the current government is trying to attack pensions and pay for employees.

"Frankly, if the Labour party cannot stand up and support people defending themselves and their families, then what does it stand for?" he asked.

Ed Miliband, who has called on the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance to take part in strike negotiations - has yet to make it clear whether or not he will support the unions should they decide to pursue large scale action.

However, Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman has suggested it is right that public sector employees seek to defend what is rightfully theirs.

At present, one in every 32 people who work in the UK is a member of GMB, while it has a role in 34 of the UK's biggest 50 companies.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Daily Mail, Scotsman, Morning Star Online, September 26th

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