BRITAIN: Buying Time from the Unions

The workers are angry, but they voted for a compromise

It was only a partial victory, but for Britain's Prime Minister James Callaghan every little bit helps these days. Meeting last week in the tacky resort city of Blackpool, 1,148 delegates of the powerful Trades Union Congress voted by a 3-to-2 margin to limit the future wage-increase demands of their individual unions to one a year. Callaghan would have preferred a third year of voluntary wage restraints in accordance with the government's incomes policy (TIME, July 18). The effect of the T.U.C. vote, even though it set no limits on the...

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