Once again, BBC News was this morning, misleading voters over the Tories’ proposed changes to strike laws. The BBC persists in comparing a strike vote to an election vote, but the two could not be more different. Strikes can cost retailers millions, small businesses can go to the wall. Members of the public can get into debt through failure to get to work, but in spite of being severely affected, voters have no say on whether strikes should go ahead.In a general election, or mayoral election, everyone affected can vote. That is not true with a strike vote, therefore the Yes vote in a strike vote should be higher.
Labour has accused the Tories of “playing games!” A statement said:
They should be finding solutions to reach negotiated settlements to avoid industrial action.
Most government ministers don’t manage to get 40 per cent of all eligible voters voting for them at elections, the Tories didn’t get anywhere near a majority at the last election and turnout in the elections they called on Police and Crime Commissioners was below 15 per cent.”
– Lucy Powell, Labour election campaign vice-chair
Once again, Labour are ignoring the inherent difference between a strike vote and an election vote. Once Ed Miliband told the Mayor he should be developing friendly relations with the unions! How do you develop friendly relations with a protection racket, Ed?
Frivolous strikes punish ordinary people and penalise retailers. Small businesses are driven to the wall. Labour and Ed Miliband are happy for millions to be lost to British industry, and for struggling families to get into debt. Only Boris Johnson and the Tories have the guts to take action against the selfish unions and defend the working man.