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Why British PM Sunak’s plan to limit the power of trade unions is a high-risk gamble

Nurses in England and Wales have walked out of work this week, with further strikes planned for early February. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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LONDON - With strikes affecting large sectors of the United Kingdom’s economy, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has unveiled plans to limit trade unions’ powers to organise and stage walkouts.

Under a draft law currently debated in Parliament in London, workers in essential sectors such as border control, education, the fire brigade, transport and health services would be obliged to enter into “minimum levels of service” contracts with their employers, obliging them to continue working even if their trade unions call a strike.

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