Unite slams second reading of anti-strike bill as ‘preposterous’
- Monday 16 January 2023
Union chief Sharon Graham declares “it’s official the government has lost the plot”
Britain’s public services are on the brink of collapse, there is an unprecedented cost of living crisis and energy bills are skyrocketing while energy giants make eye-watering profits.
Yet today, this government's priorities dictate that new anti-strike laws must be rushed through parliament, in what Unite described as a ‘preposterous attack’ on trade unions.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “It’s official the government has lost the plot. The country is riven with crises and their answer to that is a preposterous attack on the trade unions. The government is out of touch with reality. How will devoting precious hours in parliament to unwarranted and unprecedented attacks on trade unions do anything to resolve the cost of living crisis, the crisis in the NHS or soaring energy costs?”
Unite also rubbished ministers' claims that these blatant attacks on the right to strike are to protect the public by providing a legal minimum service level.
Sharon Graham said: “People are dying unnecessarily in the National Health Service because of a decade of cuts and life-threatening austerity. So right now the government isn’t delivering minimum service levels. Not because of strikes by ambulance workers but because the government has created this crisis. The ‘Strikes Bill” is undemocratic and unworkable and will fail. We will not stand for it."
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.