Government should prepare for ‘unpopularity’ amid further strikes, says former cabinet minister

Lord Kenneth Clarke has warned ministers that they need to be ready for a interval of unpopularity as extra commerce unions plan to go on strike within the coming months.

Clarke, who served within the cupboards of Margaret Thatcher, John Main and David Cameron in a political profession spanning 50 years instructed the i newspaper: “We can’t return to the state of affairs of 40 years in the past when it was accepted that closing provides and impartial suggestions might at all times be improved on by any employees ready to take strike motion,” he stated.

“This makes the federal government very unpopular within the quick time period however reputation will return in time for the election if inflation is lowered and financial progress returns.”

Clarke’s feedback come because the postal service, flights and driving classes are all set to be disrupted by strikes forward of Christmas. 


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A walkout by Border Drive workers on Friday will have an effect on greater than 1 / 4 of one million passengers arriving on 1000’s of flights to the UK. The airports affected are Heathrow, Birmingham, Cardiff, Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester airports, and the port of Newhaven in East Sussex.

About 1,000 members of the Public and Industrial Companies (PCS) union will proceed to strike over the remaining days of 2022, aside from 27 December.

The house workplace, which is chargeable for Border Drive, has reply by drafting in officers from different departments in addition to members of the armed forces as a contingency workforce to attempt to mitigate the consequences of the strikes.

The Nationwide Highways employees in London and the South East are persevering with their four-day walkout, which began on Thursday. 

In the meantime, tens of 1000’s of postal employees stroll out once more in an more and more bitter dispute. Royal Mail has stated it will do all it might to make sure supply of last-minute Christmas playing cards and parcels, however added that the commercial motion, which can have lined 18 days this yr by Christmas, had now value it £100m.

A spokesperson stated: “Over the following 48 hours we will probably be doing all we will to ship Christmas for our clients. 1000’s of staff from throughout the enterprise have swapped their common day jobs to assist type and ship the festive mailbag. We’re grateful to them and the greater than 12,000 posties who returned to work on the final strike day”.

The final secretary of the Communication Staff Union (CWU), Dave Ward, stated the corporate was attempting “to destroy the roles of postal employees and take away their union from the office”. 

Friday’s strikes comply with motion earlier this week by nurses and ambulance employees.

Junior medical doctors are anticipated to vote for strike motion in January in a dispute over pay, at a time when nurses and ambulance workers are additionally as a consequence of strike.