By Claire West

Commenting on Modernising Industrial Relations published by the Policy Exchange on Saturday, TUC Head of Equalities and Employment Rights Sarah Veale said:

'It may be dressed up in academic think-tank language, but this is no more than a crude attack on basic workplace rights and a charter for bad bosses everywhere.

'What these right-wing policy wonks in their nostalgia for the divisive years of Mrs Thatcher don't understand is that unions do not just benefit their members, but employers and wider society too.

'If they got out a bit more they would find that unions give employees a voice, deal with problems before they turn into disputes or end up in tribunals and allow change to be negotiated.'