was rebuked by a trade minister yesterday for not consulting with unions before
announcing plans to cut up to 30,000 jobs.
telephone conversation between Douglas Alexander, the trade minister, and
Communications Workers’ Union officials appeared to bolster union resolve to
fight the proposed cutbacks.
admitted that a private conversation with Alexander had been forthright, with
the Government making clear its concern at the way the announcement was
Government expects to see far more union consultation and improved flow of
information, reports the Financial Times.