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Commenting on the transport secretary’s proposals to restrict strike action set out in the Telegraph today, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:  

"Grant Shapps hasn't lifted a finger to end this rail dispute. Instead of doing his job, he has been blocking an agreement and picking fights with unions.  

"These proposals are an attack on the fundamental right to strike. They are anti-democratic and anti-worker. 

"Threatening the right to strike tilts the balance of power too far towards employers. It means workers can't stand up for decent services and safety at work – or defend their jobs and pay. 

"While millions are struggling to get by, ministers are falling over themselves to try to find new ways to limit workers' ability to bargain for higher pay.  

"It’s time for the transport secretary to focus on ending this dispute instead of looking to distract from his failures.” 

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