Labour warned over public sector strike action threat

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. There will be growth in industrial action and tension between government andunions if the new Government does not address staffing problems in publicservices, the Industrial Society’s chief executive warned at a conference inGlasgow. Will Hutton claimed that the recent success of the RMT union during theLondon Underground strikes has encouraged other unions to consider strikeaction. He said, “The RMT succeeded because they had the public on their side.I believe we will see more strikes and industrial action in the future becauseemployees, particularly in the public sector, believe that not enough is beingdone for them.” Hutton warned that public services will be a key issue in Labour’s secondterm of government. He said, “I do not think union members have thestomach for all-out war with the Government but this is a dangerous time forLabour and they will have to deliver in their second term to avoidconfrontation.” Last month postal workers voted against plans to privatise Consignia, andUnison threatened strike action over introducing private-sector manage- mentinto the NHS, for example. Labour warned over public sector strike action threatOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more