P108 ORACLE 108 Tue22 Nov ITV 2044:01   SOFTLY SOFTLY  PLEDGE ON UNION REFORM Employment Secretary Tom King has promised a step-by-step approach to trade union reform rather than an all- out assault. He said the Government's Trade Union Bill would aim at ensuring "all unions meet the standards of the best". The Bill proposed secret ballots to elect union leaders and before strikes — measures which some unions had already instituted. Mr King was speaking at the Institute of Directors' annual dinner.  For details of bargain price train travel see BRITISH RAIL Index p125
P108 ORACLE 108 Tue22 Nov ITV 2031:00   ABBEY MORTGAGE  RATE UNCHANGED The Abbey National Building Society has decided not to lower its mortgage interest rate from 11.25%. Abbey's "go-it-alone policy" had led to speculation it would break away from the agreed price policy of the other building societies. Inflow of cash continued to be very satisfactory and there was strong demand for mortgages, it said But Abbey said that it would be pushing at next month's Building Societies Association meeting for an early cut in mortgage rates. For details of bargain price train travel see BRITISH RAIL Index p125