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Union warns 'Tories want to finish us off'.

A LEADING union is to launch an immediate campaign to support Labour, amid warnings that the Conservatives will seek to "finish off" the trade union movement if they are re-elected in June.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said people were facing a "stark choice" between continued austerity and spending cuts, or a new deal for workers promised by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The union's annual conference in Bournemouth agreed an emergency motion attacking the Conservatives and pledging to campaign for Labour.

The union's acting general secretary, Tony Kearns, said the General Election would define the UK for a generation.

He attacked Prime Minister Theresa May for wanting an election "without scrutiny" after her "carefully stage-managed" appearances since calling the election last week.

He said the Conservative party would not be satisfied with its recent legislation in last year's Trade Union Act, which imposes new thresholds on strike ballots among a raft of curbs on union organising.

"If the Tory party gets a majority for another five years, they're coming to finish us off," he told the conference.

The union will launch an "allembracing campaign" in the next few days among its near-200,000 members to support Labour.

The motion read: "It's time to put an end to austerity by agreeing to support the Labour Party..."

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 24, 2017
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