James Forsyth

How more strikes could work for the Tories

How more strikes could work for the Tories
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During the last Tube strike, a couple of lines kept going. As I made my way home by a rather circuitous route, I was intrigued that all the anger on the platforms was directed not at Transport for London or the new mayor but the unions. The general sentiment was that all the strikers should be fired, that back-up drivers should be trained up and that the trains should be automated. If the RMT do want to call more strikes, I suspect that they will make it a lot easier for an incoming Tory government to change the law to require minimun turnout for strike ballots — a change that Boris Johnson’s office wants to deal with the RMT strike problem. In other strike news, Network Rail is taking legal action to try and stop the planned rail strike.