Shopworkers union: Strike would boost opponents

The shopworkers' union Usdaw received boos at the TUC conference when it announced that it was opposed to the motion looking into a General Strike.

But Usdaw said the action would hand the Government "the biggest stick to beat us with".

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Army used as 'strike breakers'

After the Army’s successful role in the Olympic Games when troops were drafted in to help G4S to provide security, the Prime Minister wants the Forces to fill in routinely for striking workers according to a report in the Times.