I spent this morning, together with the President, in a conciliation meeting with the Committee’s trades unions. As the President, a trades unionist who cut his teeth in negotiations in the Italian car industry (FIAT) and with a certain well known Pellizza da Volpedo image on his wall (see picture), it must have felt strange to be on the other side of the table. But what it did mean was that there was complete respect and a cheerful atmosphere. It was one of those meetings where the sides lay out their arguments – a bit like a warm-up in squash or tennis. In any case, we’re all nicely warmed up now for the match!