To what extent was there an economic revolution regarding the Trade Unions during Margaret Thatchers reign as Prime Minister?

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  • Trade Unions.
    • Describe the role of the trade unions before Margaret thatcher became PM.
      • The trade unions were given freedom to do as they wanted under previous predecessors.
      • The trade unions opposed the idea of Britain entering the EEC/EU.
      • Did not particularly effect everyday life of Britain.
    • Explain how the role and influence of Trade Unions changed under Margaret Thatcher.
      • Thatcher's Trade Unions policy only brought confrontation and unemployment.
      • Left (Labour) critics referred to it as "pure fascism".
      • Unions had huge and possibly damaging influence on economy.
      • Seen as key factor to Britain's economic decline.
      • Unions held responsible for the inflation of the late 1970s.
      • Thatcher reduced their power, and the public were more likely to support attempts to control and reduce their "economic muscle".
    • Do you think this was a negative or positive change? what were the benefits or disadvantages?
      • Can be seen as a mostly positive change.
        • This is because the TU had less support and power in controlling Britain's economy.
      • This can also be seen as a negative change also.
        • This is because there was still hostility between Britain and the TU which caused a power struggle.
          • Do you think this was a negative or positive change? what were the benefits or disadvantages?
            • Can be seen as a mostly positive change.
              • This is because the TU had less support and power in controlling Britain's economy.
            • This can also be seen as a negative change also.
              • This is because there was still hostility between Britain and the TU which caused a power struggle.
      • What are some key words and definitions to learn about this?
        • Secret ballots.
        • Picketing.
        • Secondary picketing.
    • TU = Trade Unions.

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