Britain walks out: UK braced for biggest wave of strikes since the 1980s
Hundreds of thousands of public employees set to strike, with co-ordinated day of action on 30 June
By Andy McSmith and Nigel Morris
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Britain is facing the largest wave of strikes since the 1980s as about 750,000 public-sector employees stage a protest against threatened changes to their pensions. The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union yesterday announced that its members had voted to join teachers and university lecturers in a one-day co-ordinated walk-out on 30 June.
There is the prospect of much larger strikes in the autumn, with other unions joining the fight. The ballot by the 300,000-strong PCS provoked fresh hints from the Government that strike laws could be rewritten if there is a return to 1980s-style union militancy.
The strike could force thousands of parents of state school children to take a day off work or make childcare arrangements unless the handful of senior teachers uninvolved in the action keep their