“The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed”.
What makes me laugh is the recent announcement from the Conservatives that they will raise the bar in regards the trade unions voting for strike action to 50%. They seem to forget that they did not have an overall majority in parliament and had to depend on their bedroom partner (LibDems) to form a coalition furthermore the turnout at the 2010 general elections was less than 50%. But hey who am I, I’m just a country pumpkin who knows nothing.
This just a ploy by the right wing coalition deflect from the real bread and butter issues which concerns the voters as Conservatives know that their days are numbered. Let’s not forget what Maggie Thatcher (decease) and Rupert Murdock both did to during the Coal Miners and Wapping disputes well done all in the name of the so-called Big Society, and what has the Big Society achieved in a nutshell more misery with job losses, introducing zero contracts, eroding terms and conditions to the working class, introducing the bedroom tax hitting the most vulnerable in society followed by the very cheek to say that we are all in it together.
There is real anger from voters they learn from the press, television and social media that it has been recommended by Marcial Boo, chief executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa), said MPs did an important job and should not be paid a “miserly amount”. Their pay will go up from £67,000 to £74,000 under Ipsa’s plan at a time when public sector pay rises were capped at 1%.
I am very clear in my mind that strikers don’t want to go on strike but circumstances outweighs when the cost of living continues to increase which the big six energy companies, bankers and our politicians are rubbing their grabby hands and having a real laugh at our expense whilst this coalition has created a partition between the well off and the poor in our society. No doubt the right wing will say find alternative employment to subsidies your income but in reality that is what the working class has been doing for centuries but in some cases they are still working for peanuts for greedy and unscrupulous employers on the grounds of they are fully aware that they can get away with it by exploiting the loopholes in our employment laws instead of paying a decent living wage.
I’m not surprised by what the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has done by branding Cameron a “Bullingdon bully” and pointed out that politicians are elected on much lower turn-outs than 50%. Unite, Labour’s largest financial backer, also released a Survation opinion poll suggesting that some of the union-bashing rhetoric of the 1970s and 1980s no longer instantly chimes with the public mood. The survey found the public backed the right to strike in the latest dispute by 61% to 31%, supported a £1-an-hour increase in council workers’ wages by 48% to 35%, and opposed public-sector real-terms pay cuts until 2018 by 56% to 25%.
However, the Conservatives believe the promise to make it more difficult for workers to strike will appeal to their potential voters. Under the new measures due to be outlined this week, the conservatives will say they would:
Introduce a 50% turnout threshold for strikes. This will effectively mean any strike will need a double majority to be lawful: an absolute majority of those eligible to vote participating in the ballot and a simple majority in favour of industrial action.
Reform picketing rules to make the current code of practice on pickets legally binding, and make illegal picketing a criminal offence. This would not take away the right to picket, but it would limit how, where and why picketing can take place. The Conservatives claim they want to “better protect those who want to come to work”.
Force unions to provide specific details about the nature of the dispute and a requirement to vote on each aspect of the dispute. It would also require unions to set out clearly the form of the proposed action on the ballot paper (eg time of year, length).
Extend the notice period unions are required to give employers from seven days to 14 days before industrial action.
Remove the requirement to trigger action within four weeks of a ballot and set a firm time limit of three months on the duration of the mandate.