This morning is not completely free from industrial action, though, with a journalists' strike that has silenced the Today programme among other BBC productions. And David Davis has taken the opportunity to call for tougher strike laws. His argument: that "when workers in a public monopoly go on strike, the only victims are the customers and the taxpayer. Indeed, making the customer suffer has become the primary tactic of the modern strike leader." And his solution: "The best approach is that employed by several states in the U.S.. They do not allow some categories of public service workers to strike, but instead disputes are resolved by what is known as 'pendulum arbitration'." Read his piece for a full, and quite persuasive, explanation.
As it happens, the government's official position is that it has "no plans to change strike legislation" – but it has certainly discussed the prospect in recent months. Any more FBU style brinkmanship from the union leaders, and the case for some changes will no doubt solidify.