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Curbs on unions proposed as British strike goes on

By WITH ANALYSIS FROM MONITOR CORRESPONDENTS AROUND THE WORLD, EDITED BY KARLA VALLANCE / February 2, 1982



London

Public anger at a series of strikes now wreaking havoc in Britain's railway system has helped create a favorable climate for a tough new campaign that would curb what Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher calls the excessive power of trade unions, Monitor contributor Alexander MacLeod reports.

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The Employment Bill was unveiled in the House of Commons on a day when hundreds of thousands of train commuters took to the roads or stayed home because of the third successive 48-hour strike by engine drivers.