Thatcher airs plans to curb union power
London — Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government has unveiled proposals for major curbs on trade union power. Under the plans, unions could be sued for striking unlawfully and picketing a company not directly involved in a labor dispute. Also, referendums would be set up in ''closed shops'' to ascertain if workers wanted to continue the system that forces them to join a union.
The proposals will be debated in Parliament early next year.