Hitting out at the proposals by the government to change the law to allow agency workers to be used to break strikes, Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “When P&O broke the law this Government gave them a slap on the wrist.  When trade unions defend pay and jobs they change the law and stoke division.

“It’s clear this government is on the side of bad bosses. 

 “Many agency workers will be alarmed at the prospect of being forced to try and break lawful picket lines. They won’t want to be used as fodder for a political game.

“Unite is well prepared for all eventualities and I will not apologise for making sure that my members don’t pay for a crisis not of their making. This decision by the Government changes nothing.

 “It’s profits, not wages, driving inflation and we should treat this latest nonsense designed to prop up the Prime Minister with the disdain it deserves.”


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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.