The Empire Strikes Back

With up to one million people in London this morning forced to divert their route to work following another strike on London’s underground, the Government has wasted no time in trying to hit the trade unions where it hurts – their pockets.

 

Source: The Daily Telegraph

With up to one million people in London this morning forced to divert their route to work following another strike on London’s underground, the Government has wasted no time in trying to hit the trade unions where it hurts – their pockets. Ministers have unveiled plans which would mean public sector workers do not have to automatically pay subscriptions to trade unions through their salaries. This comes off the back of the newly re-elected Conservative Government’s assault on other labour rights, with plans to toughen rules governing strike ballots outlined in the Queen’s Speech in May.

The plan drops on a day where many thousands of people have been affected by a union strike – and thus may be more inclined to the idea of reducing union power. It also raises the question of how the Labour party will respond. The plan could further enrage left-leaning members into feeling the political elite are attempting to cut worker rights, and push many who might not previously have been supporters of Jeremy Corbyn into his camp.

One thing that is clear is that the Chancellor is continuing to impose his government’s power while the opposition is weak and divided. Osborne’s wish for a Corbyn leadership and Labour moving further and further left could be closer to becoming a reality.

Julian

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