Increase in strikes in Great Britain
“The situation is very bad”
Just before Christmas, railway workers, postal workers and nurses took to the streets. They all demand higher wages. A big challenge for the new Prime Minister.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is under immense pressure.
“The situation in Great Britain is more complicated than it has been for a long time,” said Professor Herhard Danemann (63) of Humboldt University in Berlin. “Many railway workers and postal workers are putting their work on hold, they are reversing many people’s travel plans just before Christmas and not giving Christmas presents. In addition , a historic strike was staged on Thursday by around 100,000 nurses who are not providing any treatment at hospitals and clinics, as well as bus drivers, driving instructors and energy company workers.
British newspapers are like that “Guardians” Publish calendars that let readers know which services are blocked and when in tabular format and color. However, all the strikers are concerned about the same thing: higher salaries, especially with rising living costs. Energy is becoming more expensive and there is a widespread recession. “Revenues across the public sector have been falling for years, and are now falling due to inflation,” says Professor Danemann. It also affects health services and schools and private railway companies.
“Serious danger” to PM Sunak
London tabloids compared the situation to the “winter of discontent” of 1978 and 1979, when strikes in the public and private sectors paralyzed Britain. Prime Minister James Callaghan (1912–2005) lost power. The “New York Times” The current prime minister, Rishi Sunak, 42, who ended his predecessor Liz Truss’s (47) term last Wednesday, is now speaking of “serious danger”. She kicked After some time return.
On the same day, the conservative Sunak faced criticism in the House of Commons, mainly from the Social Democrats. Their party leader Keir Starmer (60) said Sunak was in hibernation. Just before Christmas the Prime Minister himself said the strikes were wrong to harm so many people. as “Daily Mail” Also, Sunak plans to introduce an anti-strike law next year.
“The coming weeks will be crucial”
“The British government’s position is very serious,” says Professor Daneman. She should have at least shown a willingness to negotiate. “There is a certain loss of face that can be carried on.” The financial situation is tense and large sums are involved. “But the financial situation in the public sector is at least tense.”
Danemann insists: “The majority of people support the strikes.” As a result, many members of the conservative ruling party will come under pressure from their constituents. The professor’s presence: “The coming weeks will be critical.”
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