Quantcast
Connect with us

UK’s largest union threatens Olympic walk-out

Published

on

Britain’s largest trade union on Tuesday warned it would consider staging industrial action during this year’s London Olympic Games, threatening travel chaos for visitors.

Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey told the Guardian newspaper that the scale of the government’s public spending cuts meant that the showpiece games, which begin on July 27, were “absolutely” a legitimate target for strikers.

“The attacks that are being launched on public sector workers at the moment are so deep and ideological that the idea the world should arrive in London and have these wonderful Olympic Games as though everything is nice and rosy in the garden is unthinkable,” he said. “Our very way of life is being attacked.”

“I believe the unions, and the general community, have got every right to be out protesting,” he added. “If the Olympics provide us with an opportunity, then that’s exactly one that we should be looking at.”

McCluskey went on to say that no firm plans had been drawn up, but that London bus drivers were “examining what leverage points we have”.

Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi said she was “shocked” by the threat and demanded that Labour Party leader Ed Miliband speak out against the union boss.

ADVERTISEMENT

“This is an appalling display of naked self-interest by Labour’s biggest financial backer,” said Warsi.

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) on Tuesday raised the stakes in its dispute with Transport for London — the local government body responsible for most of London’s transport system — over staff pay during the games.

Many RMT members work for London’s underground train system, and any indication they could stage a walkout during the event would cause panic among games’ organisers.

Unite, which boasts 1.5 million members, was formed by a merger between two of Britain’s leading unions, the T&G and Amicus, and represents workers in various trades.

Unions claimed that two million public sector workers joined a strike in November last year over government plans to weaken their pension rights as part of its programme to reduce its budget deficit.

Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘Quit trying to make Jared happen’: Ivanka ripped for praising her husband’s DOA peace plan for the Middle East

Published

on

First daughter and senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was mercilessly ridiculed on Tuesday after praising the so-called "peace plan" for the Middle East created by her husband, Jared Kushner.

The couple, known as Javanka, have been highly criticized for having had no government experience prior to joining the administration and needing presidential intervention after being unable to obtain security clearances.

Ivanka tweeted a quote from her husband at the "Peace to Prosperity workshop today in Bahrain" and urged her Twitter followers to watch his full speech.

Kushner's plan was rejected by the Palestinians before even being released.

Continue Reading

Facebook

Palestinians ‘not willing to give up their misery’, Israeli historian says

Published

on

The Palestinian leadership should sign on to the US economic development plan and worry about their political status later, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Historian Gaudi Taub told FRANCE 24.

The Palestinian leadership should sign on to the US economic development plan and worry about their political status later, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Historian Gaudi Taub told FRANCE 24.

Palestinians are wrong to reject the $50 million US blueprint to rebuild the Palestinian economy, which US Presidential advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner said is a precondition to peace in the region, Taub said.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

Published

on

Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

Continue Reading
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH 

Trump endorses killing journalists, like Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Online ad networks are now targeting sites that cover acts of violence against dissidents, LGBTQ people and people of color.

Learn how you can help.
close-link