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Striking is a "basic human right"

Individuals should not be denied their right to strike, it has been claimed.

08 June 2011

Taking industrial action is a "basic human right" and so employees should not be starved of this, one expert has claimed.

Public and Communication Services Union (PCS) general secretary Mark Serwotka was speaking after business secretary Vince Cable said tougher regulation could be introduced to stop people taking to the picket line.

Mr Serwotka's remarks indicate that there is still room for union bargaining in the UK.

He continued by saying that some of the "restrictive practices" encountered by staff in the country are not experienced elsewhere.

"Public sector workers are currently facing unprecedented ideological attacks on their jobs, pensions, pay and conditions which will throw the economy into further recession," Mr Serwotka observed.

As the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition's cuts programme continues to gather pace, there could be more strike negotiations as those offer unacceptable terms may decide to vote with their feet.

PCS is one of the biggest unions in the UK with over 290,000 members.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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