Unions have wind at their backs

Bulging government finances, stalled partnership negotiations, restless memberships and the electoral cycle are prompting trade unions to subject the government to enormous pressure on a wide variety of fronts.

15th April, 2006

Bulging government finances, stalled partnership negotiations, restless memberships and the electoral cycle are prompting trade unions to subject the government to enormous pressure on a wide variety of fronts.

Even as the government struggles to spend the whopping 13 per cent increase in public expenditure voted for in the estimates, unions are pressing for a bigger slice of the pie for their members. They cite extra-special needs, glaring deficiencies in public service, such as health,...

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