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Strikes not ruled out

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber, right, ruled out a 'no strike' deal in return for improved pay and conditions for Olympic construction workers on Tuesday.

Mr Barber said: 'I don't think that talking about a 'no strike' agreement is a very sensible approach. If we have proper agreements and a proper dispute process then the construction of the games should run very smoothly.' His comments came after CBI director-general Sir Digby Jones said that the success of the games could be threatened by 'Mr Crow and his merry men' ? a reference to Bob Crow, leader of the RMT union behind several Tube strikes.