Zero hours to blame for rise in strike ac­tion

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

THE num­ber of strikes in­creased “sharply” last year, as a grow­ing num­ber of work­ers protest over zero-hour con­tracts, new re­search sug­gests.

A com­mer­cial law firm, EMW, said the num­ber of strikes in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors in­creased by al­most half, from 66 in 2017/18 to 96 in 2018/19.

That num­ber is set to rise fol­low­ing eight days of ac­tion by univer­sity lec­tur­ers, and on­go­ing walk­outs on South Western Rail­way.

“Work­ers may feel skills short­ages may give them the up­per hand in ne­go­ti­at­ing, and in­dus­trial ac­tion shows that they mean busi­ness,” said a re­port by EMW.

“Al­ter­na­tively, em­ploy­ees may just feel that di­rect ac­tion is the only way to pro­duce the re­sults they want.”

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