McDonnell strike pledge ‘would have led to chaos throughout the year’

McDonnell strike pledge ‘would have led to chaos throughout the year’

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell’s plan to let British workers walk out in ‘sympathy’ with strikers ‘would have led to chaos throughout the year’

  • Shadow Chancellor’s sympathy strikes would have led to chaos, new study finds
  • John McDonnell raised the spectre of sympathy strikes if Labour came to power 
  • He pledged to let British workers walk out in ‘sympathy’ with strikers abroad
  • Analysis by the International Labour Organisation has shown there were strikes in key industries somewhere in the world every month this year

John McDonnell’s pledge to let British workers walk out in ‘sympathy’ with strikers abroad would have led to chaos every month this year, according to research today.

The Shadow Chancellor raised the spectre of sympathy strikes if Labour came to power in interviews this week.

Now analysis by the International Labour Organisation has shown there were strikes in key industries – such as medicine, public transport and air traffic control – somewhere in the world every month this year.

The Shadow Chancellor raised the spectre of sympathy strikes if Labour came to power in interviews this week [File photo]

This means that if Labour had been in power, British workers including doctors, nurses, public transport staff, teachers and airline pilots could have walked out at various points over the year.


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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, said: ‘This is further proof Labour would undermine everything that has made our country successful. They are anti-aspiration, anti-enterprise and anti-worker.’

A Whitehall source said: ‘A Labour government would lead to total armageddon with the country left on standstill due to their policy on strikes.’

John McDonnell’s pledge to let British workers walk out in ‘sympathy’ with strikers abroad would have led to chaos every month this year, according to research today [File photo]

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