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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.

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Unions divided over General Strike motion

The unions which spoke in favour of a motion calling for a General Strike at the TUC conference in Brighton were:

  • Prison officers (proposed the motion).
  • Transport workers union RMT (seconded the motion).
  • Public sector and commercial workers union PCS
  • The Communication Workers Union
  • Student accommodation union Unite

The unions which opposed the motion from the conference stage were:

  • Professionals union Prospect
  • Teachers union NASUWT
  • Educational professionals union ATL
  • Pilots union BALPA
  • Shopworkers' union Usdaw

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