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New Left Review I/26, July-August 1964

Ken Coates

The Confed Package

The behaviour of the National Incomes Commission is beginning to reveal a somewhat subtle intelligence, which needs marking by the Labour Movement. This distinctly backhanded compliment is not intended as a form of thanks for the very substantial increase in university salaries of whichnic has rather unexpectedly proved the architect: but as a warning of things to come which must be heeded by the unions if they are not to suffer substantial reverses. For the careful manoeuvres of nic, in a situation in which it has no legitimate powers over unions, are already proving to be a calculated nuisance to them: how much more effectively malignant will be the incomes policies which are about to be wished on the unions by all sorts of individuals and forces who should know better?

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