Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Unite boss Len McCluskey calls for co-ordinated pay strikes

The leader of Unite, Len McCluskey has said co-ordinated public sector industrial action on pay is "very much on the cards" in the coming months.

The boss of Britain's biggest union said he would go as far as to support illegal strike action in protest over the 1% public sector pay cap.

Strike ballots need a 50% turnout for legal industrial action to go ahead.

On Tuesday, the government announced pay rises for police and prison officers which breach the 1% cap.

Prison officers will get a 1.7% rise while police will get a 1% pay rise plus a 1% bonus for the year, paid for from existing departmental budgets.
No 10 also signalled the end of the 1% pay cap, saying they recognised the need for more flexibility in future.

Mr McCluskey's comments come as the GMB union said workers at the Sellafield nuclear plant would strike on September 27 in a dispute over pay.

Mr McCluskey, who is the latest senior union figure to threaten widespread walkouts, said he would defy the legal requirement that strike action needed to be approved by a ballot with a turnout of more than 50%.

"If they [Unite members] haven't managed to hit an artificial threshold this government have foolishly put onto the statute books, then I will stand by our members and we'll all live, including the government, we'll all live with the consequences of that."

BBC     News.