Unite secretary warns ‘there could be up to a million on strike’
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Ms Graham claimed that the strikes were about anger in workplaces. The Unite General Secretary discussed possible plans for a coordinated strike with various unions coming together to get their wage demands met. Ms Graham told Sophie Ridge that Unite had up to 450 disputes in less than a year and had managed to put up to £200m back into their worker’s pockets. Various workers from the public sector have been striking in recent months in order to have their demands for wage increases met, and many more could be voting to strike as the cost of living crisis continues to affect many Britons around the country whose wages are not in line with inflation on the British economy.
Ms Ridge said: “You were saying there that strikes don’t work by unions pressing a big red button and getting everyone to go out on strike, which of course I acknowledge.
“I’m interested though in talk of coordinated strike action, now I’ve spoken to the RMT and Unison recently… Mick Lynch said well we talked to each other, it will be silly for unions not to coordinate their forces.
“Christina McAnea said well we’re certainly getting close to a coordinating strike, are we getting close to a coordinated strike?”
Ms Graham told Sky News: “Well yes, I mean I said yesterday that I think there could be up to a million people on strike very very soon.
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Ms Graham added: “What we’re seeing, I mean we just have to take this back as to why people go on strike, is they can put all the anti-trade union legislation in all they want.
“They can pretend that it’s union barons pressing big red buttons, this is about anger, anger in workplaces in the public sector and in the private sector.
“So of course, if I have the same decision maker and an employer that’s the same decision maker where members are in another union also, of course, we will come together and we will talk about how we can get the best pay for workers.
“This is about winning money back into worker’s pockets, so Unite has had 450 disputes in less than a year, we’ve won over £200m back into those worker’s pockets, and I unashamedly will do everything I can to fight for worker’s because they need someone in their corner.”
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Due to the ongoing cost of living crisis many people in the UK have been facing financial hardships.
In many industries, wages have stayed the same and have not been increased to align with inflation and rising costs.
NHS workers, rail and Royal Mail workers are some of the sectors that have been striking.
The effects of the strikes can be felt throughout the country as they cause significant delays when applied.
So if unions were to come together to hold coordinated strikes in order to have their demands met, the effects would be greatly felt.
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Royal Mail workers voted to strike and began strike actions earlier this week.
115,000 workers will strike on 19 days including Black Friday and Cyber Monday, some of the sector’s busiest days of the year.
The CWU said: “Our Royal Mail members have had an unagreed tow per cent pay deal imposed on them.
“This is at a time when RPI inflation is currently running at 11.8 per cent and when Royal Mail has announced Group profits of £758million and when the company is paying out many millions to private shareholders.”
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