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British Union Barons made a series of claims heading up to their strike action on Thursday Jane 30. The reality was an anti-climax.
A war of words developed between Unions and Government.
The strike by public service unions in ports, airports, employment offices, passport offices, made very little impact and in many areas went completely unnoticed.
Strike action in schools achieved the most visible effect, causing disruption, particularly to poorer families that were unable to arrange child care and were forced to lose money by taking time off work to look after their children. Even in the schools, more than a third of schools carried on as usual and a further third suffered little disruption. The schools most severely affected were mostly in poorer areas.
The strikers tried to claim that all offices and schools were seriously affected, even though independent journalists and television crews found this not to be true.
The Union tactics were curious. If their claims of massive support are taken at face value and set against the serious lack of impact, that suggests that the Government has considerable scope for job cuts – why pay people to work when their presence or absence goes unnoticed, suggesting that they have little if anything to do in return for very generous pay and pensions. In a commercial organization the Union claims would justify at least 40% redundancies.