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Tuesday 30 September 2014

New union blow for Labour

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

Published 01/05/2014 | 02:30

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ANOTHER union has lambasted Labour despite a major bid by the party to win worker support.

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The National Bus and Railworkers Union, which encouraged members to back Labour in the last general election, has dramatically changed its stance.

Its decision to turn its back on the party came as unions gave a lukewarm welcome to its plan to introduce legislation forcing employers to negotiate with unions and other staff representatives.

Labour wants compulsory collective bargaining to be introduced in workplaces in all sectors.

Currently, staff have the right to be union members but their employers are not obliged to negotiate with their representatives.

NBRU General Secretary Dermot O'Leary, pictured, criticised the party's record in Government just a day after UNITE condemned its treatment of workers and the unemployed.

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