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Francis Maude defends inquiry into trade union tactics

The government has ordered an inquiry into the tactics of trade unions in the wake of a bitter industrial dispute at Grangemouth in Scotland.

Downing Street says the review will be headed by a leading QC, and will examine allegations of intimidation, and the underlying causes of several industrial disputes.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said the facts of the Grangemouth case had to be established. In addition he said it was important to consider if current laws concerning industrial disputes were appropriate.

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