Strike threat

18 July 2014

 ‘This would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious. Laughable because the Tories didn’t get 50% of the popular vote at the last general election, or even 50% of the seats in the House of Commons. But I’m not laughing because it’s so serious. This is a plan, by the Tories, to take Britain back to the Dark Ages. To a time when the ordinary man and woman knew his or her place, kept your mouth shut, and doffed his cap or curtsied to the local squire. To effectively outlaw the right to strike – a right to withdraw your labour understood and enshrined in every civilised country on this planet – is outrageous. But it’s designed to deflect criticism, in the run-up to another election, from the manifest failures of this Conservative government. Trade unions have always believed in negotiating, and industrial action has always been a last resort. But what the Tories want is a Slave Nation where the workforce is too cowed to ask for a living wage.’

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