There were just 79 walks outs in 2017, down from 101 in 2016. The number of Brits talking part in industrial action has also fallen to a record low of just 33,000.
Both figures are the lowest since figures have existed, in 1891. Just 276,000 working days were lost in 2017 due to industrial disputes, compared to 162 million during the general strike in 1926, 29.5 million in the 1978/79 winter of discontent, and 27.1 million in 1984, the year of the miners’ strike.
Railway disputes dominated the strikes, accounting for more than two thirds of all working days lost, along with the storage sector.
Meanwhile, the firebrand union that lead much of the action that plunged commuters into misery, the RMT, yesterday announced it will “align” itself to Labour.
While it is stopping short of full affiliation with Jeremy Corbyn’s party, its 80,000 members will now be encouraged to be active in it. Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis said: “The hard-left takeover of Labour continues with the militant RMT union realigning to Labour.
“Not content with causing misery for millions of commuters, the RMT are now turning their attention to ousting the last-remaining moderates in Labour.”
The strikes figures were revealed in a study by the Office of National Statistics. ONS Senior Statistician David Freeman said: “While the number of days lost wasn’t quite a record low, it has significantly reduced since the early 1990s.
“This is a stark contrast to the levels seen when the miners went on strike in the 1970s and 1980s, and the even greater levels of industrial action in the 1910s and 1920s.”
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