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Following months of speculation the Atomic Weapons Establishment – the company that makes the UK’s nuclear deterrent – has today (Thursday) announced approximately 500 redundancies at its Aldermaston and Burghfield sites.
Prospect has persuaded the States of Guernsey to return to the negotiating table with improved plans to revise public sector pensions after a three and a half year stand–off which saw the island’s first trade union march and rally.
Influencing the government on its trade union bill is a complex issue; it requires pressure to be applied in both the parliamentary process and in wider campaigning. Many unions and others have simply signalled blanket opposition to the Bill without thinking through exactly how to change its most damaging aspects.