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BLAIR PROMISES LEGAL RECOGNITION FOR UNIONS

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The Financial Times (p1) reports that prime minister Tony Blair has agreed to champion new laws to provide trade un...
The Financial Times (p1) reports that prime minister Tony Blair has agreed to champion new laws to provide trade unions with real recognition in companies where employees want them to negotiate their pay and conditions.

Blair will tell next week's Trades Union Congress that the government will publish a White Paper early next year setting out its 'fairness at work' agenda.

The FT goes on to say that the paper is expected to cover changes in the law covering part-time workers' rights and unfair dismissal. Legislation is likely to follow in the 1998-99 parliamentary session.

According to the FT, union leaders are aware of Blair's nervousness about the role unions might want to play in government. His support for the TUC agenda suggests he is prepared to accept general secretary John Monks's reassurances.
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