Trade unions are demanding that the Government relaxes laws restricting
At a meeting with ministers and senior Labour figures later this month, trade union leaders are expected to make demands including relaxing laws against secondary picketing.
They will also seek "clarification" of strike laws to make it cheaper and easier for them to consult
The union demands on Labour's National Policy Forum have alarmed employers
John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: "We are completely opposed to any changes in the rules around secondary picketing, and recent strikes have demonstrated how damaging it would be to the economy."
Trade unions are hoping to win concessions on employment laws by exploiting their
Labour has debts of around £16 million and many of the millionaires who have previously provided money have been
The drop in
Francis Maude, the Conservative Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office, said the unions are flexing their financial muscles.
He said: "
Privately, some ministers are deeply worried about organised labour's growing influence on the Government and fear that the Conservatives will gain further ground by exploiting the issue.
Through the policy forum, the GMB union is also planning to propose that the national insurance be raised for
Publicly, ministers insist they will not allow the unions to reverse the key labour reforms put in place by Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s
Ahead of the policy forum meeting
Mr Miliband is expected to tell the union that Labour cannot go back to traditional left-wing policies and stay in power
Despite such rejections, union officials are increasingly confident that their
Baroness Prosser, a former Labour treasurer, this week said that the party is now unhealthily dependent
It has also been reported that the unions will tell ministers at the National Policy Forum meeting to
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