John Monks, general secretary of the Trade Union Congress is quoted: 'We want to develop a sense of common action and purpose with employers.'
It is expected that a keynote speech at next week's TUC conference from Adair Turner, director-general of the Confederation of British Industries, will underline the readiness of industry to co-operate with Monks's vision of a 'New Unionism'.
The FT quotes Monks further: 'The days when trade unions provided an adversarial opposition force are past in industry. We have to admit that one of the reasons for the UK's inadequate postwar economic record has been bad industrial relations, and trade unions must take some of the blame. But it has become too easy for companies to modernise working practices by trampling on their own workforces.' He is keen to see a 'new settlement based on partnership' which provides employees with basic minimum workplace rights.