News of the Screws

In our last post ('Hicks in the Sun') we showed how Murdoch's paper The Sun covered Unite General Secretary candidate Jerry Hicks.  Here by contrast is how his other paper treats candidate Les Bayliss.  Spot the difference and  judge for yourself who is planning to screw Unite members:




Strikers Blow

Union chief slams walk-outs over cuts
WARNING: Les Bayliss
WARNING: Les Bayliss

A UNION chief last night urged militants to BACK OFF from a threatened wave of "suicide" strikes over public spending cuts.

Les Bayliss warned mass walkouts would only inflict misery on hard-hit families.

He appealed to the moderate majority to stand up to hardliners hell-bent on leading them over the cliff edge.

Mr Bayliss, assistant general secretary of Britain's biggest union Unite, insisted there was no mood for strikes among grassroots members.

And he cautioned his 1.6million members against repeating the mistakes of the 1980s and being dragged into battles they could not win.

Ex-engineer Mr Bayliss, 57, warned: "Public sector strikes will only deprive the vulnerable of services the Tories want to...

"We'll be doing the bad guy's job for him. Strikes will also turn the real victims, our members, into the villains.

"The story will get changed from government savagery to union militancy. The Tories will hit us with even more restrictive laws and working people will look away in disgust."

Mr Bayliss, who is a candidate in Unite's leadership election, called for "common sense".

His remarks will anger hardliners gathering in Manchester today for the TUC conference.

But Mr Bayliss admitted the 12-day strike by BA cabin crew held by Unite over Christmas was a mistake.

He said: "They had a good case - but the public and many of our members were so horrified they lost sympathy.

"If I am general secretary of Unite there will NEVER be any strikes called over Christmas."

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