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  1. Introduction.
  2. The CBI, an employers' organisation which has to deal with British economic context.
    1. A brief presentation of trade-unionism in Britain.
    2. The CBI: history and functioning.
  3. The contemporary situation: Issues and relations with the British government.
    1. CBI's main battles.
    2. Its relations with Blair's government.
  4. Bibliography

I decided to speak about employers' organisations in Britain because of a personal and very simple interrogation: I was actually wondering what the equivalent of the French MEDEF in Britain was. At first sight, I discovered quickly that this equivalent is the CBI, The Confederation of British Industry. However, looking at it more closely, this answer is not really satisfying. I think it is important to go further. Indeed, if the CBI is also the main employers' organisation in Britain, and even if the greatest part of its issues is shared with the MEDEF, the way it works is completely different. And this difference is mostly due to the huge difference between French and British economic system. I will try to summarize that point quite rapidly. That's why my first part is largely historical and deals with the roots of Anglo-Saxon economic system. In the second part, I will talk about the main issues the CBI defends and about its relations with the British government, especially with Blair's government.

[...] Answer of the TUC: ?Every time they are asked, members of the CBI predicts that an increase in the minimum wage will cause massive job- losses and every time they are proven wrong?. I could go on and on examples, but I think those are quite relevant. As I said before, the CBI is very present on a lot of issues. So, I could have evoked pensions, corporate taxes, public service reform Its position is always liberal and, you have understood it, very close to our French Mede. [...]


[...] That might not be the best way to begin a calm relation with the chief of the government Moreover, even if united States are the main partner of Britain, CBI often pronounces real critics towards American policy. For instance, in 2003, CBI asked Blair to press George Wabash on American protectionism. A measure which is not so easy to take. So, as we can see, the CBI is not at all affiliated to a political party. As in France, you will always find some people to say that UMP is leading a MEDEF policy, some British people [...]

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