Conservative politicians have lined up this morning to send out messages of good luck and support to the the one million “greedy” public sector who have decided to take strike action.
London Mayor Boris Johnson led the charges, saying: “We all know greed is a valid motivator for economic progress, so salute I must the drive, and zeal, these workers possess to see themselves and their families better off.”
One junior minister said: “I believe in the fundamental right of an individual to be free and able to make money via any means possible. That is, if within legal boundaries, people should be free to do what they must to secure a better future for their children.”
He added: “Of course the same applies to public sector workers. Do I look like a hypocrite to you?”
Those involved include firefighters, the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), teachers, healthcare workers, bin men, street cleaners, local government staff, housing staff, RMT members, and more, all striking for varying reasons.
The largest issue remains a dispute in pay. Public sector workers oppose the 1% pay rise cap imposed in 2012, in light of the fact that the cost of buying things has increased by a figure that is more than 1%.
Mr Johnson, who was voted Mayor of London after securing the vote from 19.6 per cent of London’s 5.5 million registered voters, has joined conservative colleagues in calling for a minimum turnout of 50 per cent for strike ballots.
Prime Minister David Cameron, likewise, whose party garnered 23.5 per cent of the vote from the UK’s 46.5 million registered voters at the 2010 General Election, told MPs at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday: “I think the time has come for looking at settling thresholds in strike ballots… The [NUT] strike ballot took place in 2012, based on a 27 per cent turnout.”
The Labour party, meanwhile, took a very Ed Miliband approach to reinforcing their position on the recent bout of public sector strikes.
“These strikes are wrong,” said Miliband confirmed that his party does not support the strikes, adding that he would refuse to formally condemn them, thus definitively clarifying the Labour Party stance on the labour movement.