Tory government would ban ‘wildcat strikes’ on tube says Boris Johnson
London mayor says David Cameron has given him a personal promise to take action ‘on day one’ if he wins next election.
A new Conservative government would curb the right to strike on the London Underground, according to Boris Johnson, who claimed the prime minister had given him a personal promise to take action on day one if he won the next election.
On the second morning of a 48-hour walkout by the RMT union that has severely disrupted tube services, Johnson described the industrial action as a “wildcat strike” and said he would be pushing for new laws to make it harder for tube workers to withdraw their labour.
Speaking on BBC Radio London, Johnson compared the laws in Britain with those in New York, where some public service staff are forbidden to strike. “You could envisage it here,” he said, adding: “It’s not something we’ve yet contemplated.”
But, he said: “We should have a system that prevents these wildcat strikes. The number of people participating in the ballot should be 50%.”
He said a new Conservative government was prepared to take immediate action, adding that he had been told by David Cameron “from his lips … on day one he will deliver exactly that protection that Londoners want”.