Labour Market

The government doesn’t need to give in to the unions to stop strikes


In the Media

Christopher Snowdon quoted in The Telegraph

In the Media

Julian Jessop quoted in The Express

Len Shackleton writes for CapX

IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton has written for CapX outlining a range of government responses to strikes and strike threats.

Len addresses this further in a recent IEA research paper, where he proposes several measures that could be employed to combat trade union militancy.

Advising against concessions, Len warns:

“Government concessions to union militancy will add to public spending and require even tighter monetary discipline, with negative consequences for the rest of the economy. 

String-free concessions could also make necessary public sector reform more difficult. And there is always the danger that some militants may be tempted to use industrial muscle to undermine the Government rather than pursue the best outcome for their members.”

“A radical administration could turn again to privatising government functions and breaking up concentrations of union power in the civil service, education, the railways and elsewhere.”

Read the full article here.