Monday, 19 March 2012

Understanding trade unions...a thought about pensions


To what extent this applies in the UK, I'm not sure but:

...labor overhaul is something of a make-or-break moment for Italian labor unions, which still hold sway over negotiating national labor contracts and have held a series of demonstrations against the changes. But today, the unions represent more retirees than workers, and younger Italians have come to see them as part of the problem.

Given the age profile of public sector employment (at least here in Bradford), it seems to me that pensions rather than wages will come to dominate trade union activism - indeed, many public workers seem far more keen to strike over pensions than over wages.


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