Our Mayor has quite rightly been pressing for strike legislation and he believes that a limit of 51% should be set for any strike vote. The riposte of militant strikers like Bob Crow and Len McCluskey is to say snippily that if workers can only strike if 51% of workers want a strike, that 51% figure should be applicable in mayoral and general elections.
Strike votes affect millions, often financially, but those millions have no say. In an election vote, everyone affected, has the choice of having a say in the outcome. It is not fair to affect the finances of millions, and they are utterly powerless. That is why the strike vote threshold should be much higher.
Strike votes are therefore undemocratic because they can ruin small businesses, lose vast sums for the self employed and people on zero hour contracts, and even cause mothers to lose their jobs because they can get childcare. In the first year of Boris Johnson’s Mayoralty, the RMT called 8 strikes. Many of these were entirely frivolous, based on the whim of a group of small militants.
This holding of London to ransom must end.