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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Britain on strike: has the government lost control?

Britain on strike: has the government lost control?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

Nurses, paramedics, railway workers, teachers, court staff, civil servants, bus drivers, university lecturers and the Border Force are all staging strike action in the coming weeks and months. 

The cost to the UK economy is estimated at £6 billion and counting, with at least £2.3 billion lost due to rail and postal strikes over the Christmas period. Strike action has reached a 30-year high, and the rail minister recently conceded it would have been cheaper to settle the dispute at the negotiating table. 

With accusations of ministers using bullying tactics in negotiations and “spoiling for a fight”, has the government lost the ability to communicate with the unions? And what does the new “anti-strike” law mean for workers, the unions and the general public? Join us for a ThinkIn where we try to make sense of striking Britain and ask: has the government lost control?


Jess Winch