UK unions call for nationwide strikes

Disgruntled trade unions in Britain have called for a united Å“day of action” across industries throughout the country over the governmentâ„¢s harsh polices on pay, jobs and working conditions.

At a conference hosted by the British trade unionsâ„¢ umbrella group, Trades Union Congress (TUC), in Bournemouth on Sunday, several unions pledged to strike over the governmentâ„¢s spending cuts and controversial zero-hour contracts.

Dave Prentis, the general secretary of Britainâ„¢s biggest trade union, Unison, said hundreds of thousands of public sector workers were unable to get a pay rise for up to six years because of the increase in the use of the so-called zero-hour contracts, which offer no guarantee of work or pay.

The TUC is to hold talks with individual unions on an official schedule for nationwide strikes, which delegates at the conference proposed to commence in midweek.

The leader of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union, Bob Crow, proposed the coordinated strikes across all sectors, calling it the Å“ideal foundation” for action against the governmentâ„¢s policies.

“The surge in planned industrial actions across sectors, including fire, post, transport and education gives us the ideal foundation which to make good the trade union movement’s commitment to coordinated and generalized strike action,” Bob Crow said.


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Republished from: Press TV