Striking union members should ‘get back to work,’ says Liz Truss | Liz Truss

Liz Truss told strikers to ‘get back to work’ as she doubled down on her promise to put in place measures to limit industrial action within weeks of taking office.

The Prime Minister hinted that a planned wave of strikes by workers ranging from train drivers to lawyers risked dragging the country into the toughest economic climate in a generation.

The belligerent approach to the issue amid the cost of living crisis, which has led to increased wage demands, will further antagonize unions who have already taken legal action against new strikebreaking regulations.

Tensions rose further on Tuesday when railway workers announced their intention to strike on the eve of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham next month, with Britain facing a wave of coordinated industrial action from other sectors this fall.

Truss, in the US on her first overseas trip as prime minister, was asked if she still pledged to put in place measures to limit industrial action within 30 days of her arrival in power, after the plan was derailed by the queen’s period of mourning.

“We are committed to putting in place legislation for minimum service levels on rail as soon as possible,” she said, before admitting the deadline may have to be pushed back until the end of November.

The Prime Minister added: “My message is: I want this country to succeed. And that means people can get to work. People capable of continuing their activities, people capable of moving projects forward.

“I would therefore encourage the railway workers to return to work. There is no doubt that we are going through difficult times as a country; I want to have a constructive approach with the unions, but I would tell them to get back to work.

The Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, and the Business Secretary, Jacob Rees-Mogg, have also repeatedly promised to act to weaken the power of the unions.

Eleven unions, led by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), have sought permission for a judicial review of new laws allowing companies to use agency workers to break strikes – the legislation they say is an attack” in broad daylight” against the right to take industrial action. stock.

Truss denied that she plans to rip up EU regulations that protect workers’ rights, such as limiting weekly working hours and minimum holiday days, as her government tries to make the UK more competitive and stimulate growth.

“What we’re talking about is having the right regulations for Britain,” she told reporters. “It’s not about taking away workers’ rights and public holidays. But there are a number of European regulations that are not working for Britain and we need to do things differently.

She added: “In 2016 people voted to leave the EU. We are now in 2022. What I have promised is that by the end of 2023 all these EU rules will be removed from the laws and we will have our own rules.

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