BRITAIN: The Unions Scuttle the Social Contract

Scarcely able to be heard above the relentless heckling in the audience, Britain's veteran trade union leader Jack Jones shouted a warning: "If you support this motion, you will not assist the government. You will paralyze it and indeed stand in danger of destroying it."

Ignoring the plea of their chief, delegates to the convention of the Transport and General Workers' Union last week voted for a motion that effectively scuttled the landmark agreement on wage restraint between Britain's unions and the Labor government of Prime Minister James Callaghan. The vote to...

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