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Union leader critical of Labour

Derek Simpson said skilled employment was "haemorrhaging"
The leader of Britain's largest private sector union has criticised Labour's economic policies and said that skilled, well-paid work is in decline.
Amicus general secretary Derek Simpson told a Sheffield conference the
British labour market was "built on sand".
Prime Minister Tony Blair's charm was "waning", he added.
He also said trade unionists believed Chancellor Gordon Brown, who has been tipped to succeed Mr Blair as Labour leader, would be unable to carry out New Labour's policies if he came to power.
"I am not saying that Gordon is not charming, but rather that the patience of working people has been strained to breaking point and they now want to see the promised land.
"They want secure jobs that pay well and pensions that keep them out of poverty in old age. These are simple demands."
Amicus said that one million manufacturing jobs in the UK had disappeared since Labour took power in 1997.

Seems that the Unions are noticing how Tony's charm is waning and that Gordon while charming, may not be able to carry off NuLabours policies (what might those be: HPI and MEW to keep the economy afloat without creating jobs??).

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Of course Amicus is a private sector union, it seems they've woken up to the fact that lots of job creation is due to various jolly-jobs in the public sector, whilst their traditional members in the manufacturing sector have been hemorrhaging placements. The lagging job creation in the private sector is of the deskilled variety.

I'm surprised the deindustrialisation doesn't cause New Labour problems as it affects their traditional support structure, that's probably why they're busily creating a new support base in the form of very important and self-sacrificing jobs in the public sector.

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