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UNIONS FORCE LABOUR EMPLOYMENT REVIEW

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Ministers have been forced into making concessions on workplace rights to appease Labour party activists and trade ...
Ministers have been forced into making concessions on workplace rights to appease Labour party activists and trade unions, reports The Times (p1).

At the annual meeting of Labour's national policy forum in Exeter, the leadership also gave significant ground on pensions, voting reform andd the minimum wage.

Ministers have promised a root-and-branch review of employment law to focus on measures to improve the rights of British workers.

Although Tony Blair has said that he would not accept a European directive forcing employers to consult workers before redundancies, union leaders have beenb assured that the review will propose a British version of the scheme.

Environment secretary John Prescott, who has been asked by Mr Blair to take on a new role linking Labour activists to the government, said that the policy forum had been 'entirely successful'.
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