Why voting in an election is totally different to voting for strike action

Update on 16/11/12.   The elections for police commissioners showed an exceptionally low turnout.  John Prescott was defeated by his Tory opponent in Humberside, Matthew Grove,  to his obvious chagrin.

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.

2 responses to “Why voting in an election is totally different to voting for strike action

  1. You make another excellent argument.

  2. There is of course also the argument that a strike is an action different from the norm; elections are to appoint people to positions which with the current structure of the state need to be filled.
    True, elections could have a “none of the above” option, but failing to elect anyone at all based on attendance being too low would leave a legislative vacuum.
    Failing to permit a strike because a majority of workers can’t be convinced to support it would mean things would just carry on as before.

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