TUC chief hails forum for change

first_imgTUC chief hails forum for changeOn 9 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. The newly-agreed deal to give trade unions more say in reforms of the UK’spublic services will be more than just a ‘worthless talking shop’, the TUCgeneral secretary has promised. Brendan Barber said the forum of government ministers and trade unionistswould be used for serious discussions on the changes currently taking placeacross the public sector. The agreement was sealed at a meeting between Prime Minister Tony Blair andunion leaders in a bid to increase dialogue and avoid further tensions. “The forum is designed to ensure there is an opportunity to discussproposed changes properly. I hope that potential future policy will also bediscussed,” he said. “It is an opportunity to influence major policychanges.” He said the talks would not just focus on big political decisions, such asfoundation hospitals, but would look at ongoing reorganisation in the sector. “In some areas, there has been good change management, but in others,it has had a whiff of imposition. This is not a win or lose situation. I wantto establish a modern relationship, where the union contribution is properlyrecognised by government,” he added. last_img read more