Asked about the Prime Minister’s meeting with union leaders today, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said that the meeting had been requested by the unions. The Prime Minister had met Brendan Barber over the summer, and had a meeting with the unions alongside the G20. They would discuss the economy, public services and pensions.
Asked what the Prime Minister thought of Len McCluskey’s remarks on coordinated strike action, the PMS said that we didn’t want to see coordinated strike action. We wanted to engage in constructive dialogue with the unions.
Asked why the Prime Minister was meeting with the unions when one of their leaders, Len McCluskey, had already made his position clear, the PMS said that we had a different view and it was important that we made our case. Government departments met with unions all the time, and there were established fora for us to engage with unions on particular policy issues.
Asked if there were any areas of common interest between the Government and the unions, the PMS said that there were a number of areas where we worked on specific issues, for example the unions and the Business Department discussed the skills strategy, and also the subject of regional growth was of interest to both the Government and the unions.
Asked what the Government’s position was on union legislation, the PMS said that there were no plans to make any changes.
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