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Strikes Double In Spite Of Tory Union Busting 31 May 2017 07:10 #2904

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MAY 2017 Wednesday 31ST posted by Peter Lazenby

WORKERS are increasingly fighting back against attacks by bosses and the government as new figures revealed yesterday that the number of days lost to strike action almost doubled last year.

The government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that 322,000 working days were lost in 2016 compared with 170,000 the previous year.
Much of the increase is attributed to resistance by junior doctors against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision to tear up their contracts and impose draconian new working conditions on an already stretched workforce.
The dispute, which was limited to England, accounted for 129,000 lost working days — 40 per cent of the total.
Although resistance through strike action has increased, it is still at record lows following the Thatcher government’s imposition of legislation to limit strikes, and the defeat of the miners in their epic struggle against pit closures in 1984-5.
When Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979 there were 13.5 million trade union members in Britain.
Today there are around six million. Last year north-east England and London had the most working days lost per 1,000 employees.

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