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Strike action 'at a historically low level'

The amount of strike action in the UK has fallen drastically, it has been claimed.

08 April 2011

Strike action in the UK is at a very low level, it has been claimed.

A recent Socialist Resistance article lamented the fact that industrial action has been largely scuppered and attributed this to the "defeats of the 1980s".

It slammed trade unions for engaging in strike negotiations and generally maintaining a "passive" course of action, in the hope that this will make the return of a Labour government easier when the next election occurs.

"Despite the huge cost to their members' jobs, conditions and the long-term loss of trade union bargaining power ... the large affiliated unions have not changed course since the election.

The publication went on to claim that referring to the current government as a coalition is a misnomer, suggesting that the Liberal Democrats are acting as "human shield" for "right-wing" policies put forward by the Conservative Party.

These allegations go against a recent statement from Unison general secretary Dave Prentis, who warned that industrial action would be initiated if the government tried to "take away" pensions in the healthcare sector.
 

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