Low-paid striking workers will have their tax credits reduced as part of the Tories’ reforms.
Workers paid less than £13,000 per year can currently get a bit more tax credit if their income drops because they’re on strike, as well as if it drops for any other reason. Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith said that, in future, low-paid workers would have to “pay the price” for choosing to take strike action.
Unions have condemned the move as a deliberate attempt to intimidate lower-paid workers out of taking industrial action.
They have also pointed out that, if the pay increases workers often strike for were won, workers wouldn’t have to claim benefits in the first place.