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01 September 2005

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Stuart Bruce - PR Consultant

Unfortunately can't read the whole article (no FT.com subscription and the local post office has sold out of the paper). The talk of "confrontation" and "industrial disputes" doesn't really fit with what modern unions are about.

For example the shop workers union Usdaw has been running its brilliant "Freedom from Fear" campaign to help stop anti-social behaviour against people who work in shops. It aims to train workers, educate the general public, get retailers to implement security, Parliament and local councils to change and use legislation etc. The campaign is far from confrontational as many retailers actually support it.

http://www.usdaw.org.uk/campaigns/freedom_from_fear/

Another example of a trade union that has modernised is Community, which is a result of a merger between the the Iron and Steel trade union and the textiles trade union. Community now does what it says and is focused on supporting communities in areas that have been hit by the decline of traditional manufacturing industries. This even includes working in partnership with "employers" to bring new jobs into those areas.

The new EU legislation on engaging with employees is also having a beneficial effect.

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