They point to a senior Department for Transport official who, before the strikes began last year, said "we have got to break" the unions.

In Brexit Britain, the moral equivalent of Trump's America, unions objecting to changed labor rules is considered a crime. Not a problem here because the unions cooperated. Turns out yielding on minor points loses the battle. Dems should remember this.

"Workers "will have to decide if they want to give a good service or get the hell out of my industry," the official, Peter Wilkinson, was quoted as saying in the Croydon Advertiser, a local newspaper in a suburb served by Southern."

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Sun Jan 15 2017 08:38:44 GMT-0600 (CST)