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Boris Johnson’s strike gamble

There’s a hope that industrial action could hurt Labour


It’s day one of the RMT’s planned strike action after last-minute talks between train operators and Network Rail failed. The union has been demanding a pay rise of at least 7 per cent in the face of inflation – as well as opposing planned redundancies. The dispute is just a taste of things to come from various parts of the public sector.

It’s easy to see how people fed up with travel disruption could look unsympathetically at the unions and those who appear to be supporting them

The government line is that big percentage point pay rises are the wrong course of action...

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