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Coalition branded 'lily-livered' over industrial action

The government has been criticised over its handling of strikes in the UK.

06 May 2011

David Cameron has been criticised by London mayor Boris Johnson over his handling of strike action in the UK.

The coalition was branded "lily-livered" by Johnson, after he failed to take measures to combat a forthcoming walkout by Tube drivers on the London Underground.

He called for action on the issue, suggesting that a law be implemented that makes strikes illegal unless backed by half of union members.

"I don't think it's right a small minority of members of the workforce should be able to hold a great city to ransom," said Johnson.

His comments come after the Rail Maritime and Transport Workers union (RMT), led by Bob Crow, announced the dates for forthcoming strikes, scheduled to take place in May and June.

He claimed that the organisation had been left with "no choice" but to undertake industrial action after two London Underground employees were victimised for their union activities.

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