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UNITED KINGDOM- Destruction of Mining and Miners

the federal agency that enforces workplace safety standards, be disbanded. Apart from the political climate, disenchantment with the trade union movement amongst worker? has come about because of the apathy of the leaders of the movement. The current debate about the presidentship of the AFL-CIO is significant. In August this year Lane Kirkland, 73, completing his 16th year as president of the AFL-CIO, the federation of 80 unions with over 13.3 million members, had to resign after 11 top trade union leaders charged him with failure to strengthen the movement. A serious leadership tussle has now begun for the October elections for presidentship of the federation, the two contestants being Thomas R Donahue, 67, who had been secretary-treasurer during Kirkland's presidency and John J Sweeny, 61, who has been the chief of the Service Employees International Union and an architect of doubling the membership of service employees when all other trade unions suffered an erosion in membership. Some younger activists crave for a new generation of leaders who may galvanise the movement. Many of them are attempting to regroup by merging. In July, the United Rubber Workers decided to merge with the Stcelworkers. More significantly, the leaders of three large industrial unions the United Auto Workers, the United Steelworkers and the International Association of Machinists - signed a unity agreement pledging to create a single !wo million strong union by the year

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