Commenting on government plans for union ballots outlined by the chancellor today (Friday), UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:
“The government must stop demonising unions and seeing them as the enemy. Strikes are a symptom of the cost of living crisis.
“Instead of making it harder for employees to secure decent wages, ministers should be talking to unions about ways to solve problems.
“Attempting to tie unions up in knots while pulling out all the stops for city elites just shows workers that the government is not on their side.
“By threatening every employment right won through the membership of the EU, ministers are showing a blatant disregard for the health, safety and well-being of working people.”
Notes to editors
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.