The Office for National Statistics confirms that the number of working days lost due to strike action in 2015 was 170,000 compared with 788,000 in 2014. The 2015 figure was the second lowest annual total since records began in 1891.
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Commenting on the figures, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said that strikes are far less common these days and tend to be short. She said “these figures show that going on strike is always a last resort when your employer won’t negotiate and won’t compromise.”
Our David Sorensen states “this shows that strike action is much less common than in the past being at its second lowest ever since 1891. It also cuts through the myth that strike action is happening more and more. Despite this, the Government still pushes on with the restrictive and complex changes to strike laws which are due to come in under the Trade Union Act 2016, changes that will make it even harder for workers to take industrial action”.