After calling off its initial ballot over fears of a legal challenge from bosses, Unite has begun the process of re-balloting British Airways cabin crew workers for further strike action.
The Daily Mail on 22 February carried an article reporting on “top secret” government plans to undermine strikes, with the Cabinet Office setting up a special “unit” to “prevent Britain grinding to a standstill in the event of mass public sector walkouts.”
Unite has declared its own recent ballot of cabin crew workers, which returned a 78.5% majority in favour of strike action, unlawful.
Co-ordinated industrial action by trade unions to halt (at least some of) the massive attacks on workers’ jobs and living standards by this Tory-led Government is promoted as the current main demand of the trade union left.
According to the Morning Star, a meeting of all TUC unions on 28 January "united to beat Con-Dem axemen" and "thrashed out plans" for action.
Courts and the Government are making a two-pronged attack on the right to strike.
A judge has banned a planned strike by RMT members on Docklands Light Railway, issuing an injunction that makes it even harder for trade unions to hold lawful strikes.
A judge has banned the DLR strike that was supposed to happen today and tomorrow - and his ruling further tightens the anti-democratic grip that the anti-union laws have on our right to fight back.
Prime minister David Cameron declared in Parliament on 12 January that he was "happy to look at" plans for new anti-strike laws, to come on top of the Thatcher laws which already restrict workers' rights in Britain more than in any other big wealthy country.
“There will be no return to the trade union laws of the 1970s. Laws banning secondary and flying pickets, on secondary action, on ballots before strikes and for union elections – on all the essential elements of the 1980s laws – will stay,” wrote the then Labour Party leader Tony Blair in an article published in the “Daily Mail” in 1997.