TUC seeks to halt rise of 'union busters' [UK]

Author: Andrew Taylor, Financial Times, Published on: 12 February 2008

British employers are hiring aggressive US-style "union busting" consultants to persuade workers against joining trade unions, Brendan Barber, the TUC general secretary, warned today. The TUC and its US equivalent, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), are joining forces to "thwart employer efforts on both sides of the Atlantic to demonise trade unions and scare employees from joining up."…[A] TUC-commissioned study…highlight[s] recent activities in the UK of union avoidance consultants such as the Burke Group (TBG)…David Burke, founder and chief executive of TBG, said: "I am very comfortable about what we do. It is important that employees, when deciding whether to accept collective representation, should have all the information possible…” [refers to Kettle Chips (part of Lion capital), FlyBe]

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Related companies: Burke Group Kettle Foods (part of Lion Capital) Lion Capital