It's quite amusing watching that greasy worm Miliband trying to squirm his way through the TUC congress. If you have access to Sky try and watch it for pure entertainment.

Ed Miliband warns TUC over strike action

By Alan Jones

Tuesday, 13 September 2011




Labour leader Ed Miliband today warned unions they risked "irrelevance" and made it clear he believed strikes were a "failure" the country couldn't afford.
In a speech to the TUC congress in London, he also told union activists that Labour won't be able to reverse every cut being imposed as a result of the Government's austerity measures.
Mr Miliband also risked angering unions by repeating his condemnation of the strike in June by tens of thousands of teachers and civil servants over pensions.
Unions are gearing up for more industrial action in the autumn, which could involve huge numbers of public sector workers in the biggest outbreak of unrest for decades.
He said: "Unions can offer businesses the prospect of better management, better relationships. As you did during the recession. Of course the right to industrial action will be necessary, as a last resort.
"But in truth, strikes are always the consequence of failure. Failure on all sides. Failure we cannot afford as a nation. Instead your real role is as partners in the new economy."
Mr Miliband said he understood why millions of public sector workers felt angry over the Government's pension reforms, adding: "But while negotiations were going on, I do believe it was a mistake for strikes to happen. I continue to believe that.
"But what we need now is meaningful negotiation to prevent further confrontation over the autumn. Ministers need to show public sector workers - and the people who rely upon those services - that they are serious about finding a way forward."
PA