The only connection between winter strikes is employers who won’t negotiate

Following industrial action in Southern Rail, Post Offices and other companies over the last week, the usual suspects have been coming out to denounce strikes. Some Conservative backbenchers have called for new legislation to ban strikes in important industries. Some right wing commentators have been claiming the strikes are a co-ordinated campaign.

These are some serious and deeply felt industrial disputes. But the furore over them is as overblown as it is misguided.

First off, the obvious one: Levels of strike action are historically low. At their peak in 1979, over 29 million working days were lost to strike action. Last year that number was 170,000 (around half a percent as much).  Click here to read more

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