‘Bellowing mob’

Carolyn Taylor (Letters, 5 November) muddies the waters when she accuses those who question the recent activities of Unite at Grangemouth of being anti-union.

Many of us with long family ties to organised ­labour deplore this return to 1970s militancy and the use of a “dirty tricks” squad to target the families of Ineos executives.

The Unite union leader Len McCluskey claims the bully-boy tactics of his “leverage team” do not violate laws ­banning secondary picketing since they do not actually prevent people going to work.

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But the relevant section of the Trade Union Act 1992 only protects pickets operating near their workplace who “peacefully encourage others to withdraw their labour”.

It does not protect a bellowing mob of pickets invading the ­garden of a private house to terrify the family’s small children and having alarmed neighbours call the police.

(Dr) John Cameron

Howard Place

St Andrews