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The Thatcher government’s election in 1979 saw a very deliberate, carefully planned attack on working class organization and in order to defeat any resistance to neo-liberal globalisation. This was spearheaded by an assault on two of the strongest and best organised workers; printers and miners. The defeat of these unions heralded the enactment of anti-trade union legislation. Although this has been a major factor in undermining the trade union movement, class struggles continue. The success of recent mobilisations, such as those amongst cleaners and McDonald’s workers, demonstrate the continuing determination of workers to organise, despite the challenges of precarious employment in a hostile legislative climate.
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