UK - Unions have hit back at the Confederation of British Industry's calls for less militancy over pensions.
Director-general Digby Jones claimed the union movement would “wither on the vine of growing irrelevancy” unless it recognised the competitive demands of the 21st century.
Jones - speaking at CBI Scotland’s annual dinner - claimed employees were perplexed by the way union bosses were trying to be more militant than each other in a bid to attract new members.
“Unions - preparing for their annual congress this month - need to reform and, by encouraging flexibility, help the nation win the battle for competitiveness or wither on the vine of growing irrelevancy.”
His views came after the Trades Union Congress att-acked employers for ignoring Jones’s call last year to curb disproportionately high pensions to “fat cat” directors.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “It is disappointing to see Digby Jones go back to the rhetoric of the Thatcher years.
“Without unions to stand up for people, Britain would be a much less fair society and pensions would be on their way out - except in the boardroom. It is union engagement in workplace education and practical protection of staff rights and pensions that is on the increase, not strike action.”
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