TUC general secretary attacks union disputes inquiry

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady has hit out at the Government's commissioning of an independent review into industrial disputes - and union tactics in particular - saying:

This has nothing to do with good industrial relations and is simply part of the Conservative Party's general election campaign.

We already have some of the most restrictive union laws in the democratic world. Too many Conservatives seem to think that cheap anti-union jibes will detract from the cost of living crisis. The polls suggest they are wrong.

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