The American AFL-CIO and the British TUC have announced they will collaborate to fight the worker intimidation efforts of union busting consultancies that are paid to keep companies union-free. They will share information, jointly lobby governments to restrict union busting activities and seek collaboration with other federations.
Union avoidance is a $4 billion industry in America and consultancies are trying to expand to European countries, especially the UK. “The underhand tactics employed in the shadowy world of the union-busting consultant are proving increasingly attractive to a handful of employers in the UK”, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said. “Thankfully the activities of the union busters are still small scale here compared with the influence they exercise in the States, but it’s important that we do all we can to stop them dead in their tracks”.
TUC. See also New Unionism