A Strike of Olympic Proportions – Desperate Ministers Resort to Scare Tactics #PCS
Today desperation set in amongst ministers regarding the scheduled Home Office Strike on 26th July. Jeremy Hunt the Culture Secretary declared that his ministerial colleagues had discussed sacking striking staff at the UK Border Agency whilst also claiming that he didn’t want to escalate the dispute. It makes you wonder if they say everything with their fingers crossed.
Well, the last thing we want to do is rise to the bait so let’s just stick to the facts (excusing the hyperbolic headline, obviously). The first and obvious point to make is that Thursday’s strike is lawful industrial action, voted for by the membership. The law protects people taking part in such a dispute so nobody should fear for their job when they take part in the action.
As mentioned in our post yesterday the ministers seem increasingly rattled by the action we’ve planned. They claim on the one hand (don’t forget those crossed fingers) that disruption is wrong, shameful, unpatriotic etc and then on the other (with different fingers crossed, you’ll note) that previous strikes have not had an affect. It isn’t very convincing is it?
Members will be rightly angry that a minister has used such threatening langauge ahead of the strike but we’re convinced that this shows how much impact this dispute is having. By continuing to put pressure on them, including further strike action as required, we should be able to force them into discussions and concessions. In the meantime they can carry on behaving in a disgraceful manner if they choose. Hopefully they will choose a better, more dignified path towards treating their staff with the respect they deserve.
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