Britain faces prospect of crippling ‘Winter of Discontent’ strikes as Labour vow to let union pals cause chaos


BRITAIN could once again be crippled by ‘Winter of Discontent’ strikes after Labour revealed they would allow their union pals close down schools and hospitals.

Jeremy Corbyn and right-hand man John McDonnell have promised they would ensure all workers “have the right” to strike at will.

 John McDonnell has promised that Labour would ensure all workers "have the right" to strike at will

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John McDonnell has promised that Labour would ensure all workers “have the right” to strike at willCredit: EPA

RED RIOT

The Winter of Discontent – coined by Sun editor Larry Lamb – was when sullen strikers caused chaos in the 1970s by leaving rubbish piling up the streets, electricity blackouts and even bodies left stagnating at mortuaries.

Hours after Labour revealed its Marxist blueprint for the country – with far-left plans for renationalisation and dishing out free broadband – the shadow chancellor has warned voters he would happily do it all again if Labour win the election on December 12.

Asked on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme whether Labour would restore secondary picketing, Mr McDonnell said: “We’ll make sure that people have the right, as in the ILO (International Labour Organisation) conventions, to withdraw their labour, yes.”

Secondary picketing is when striking workers use their union muscle to protest outside often small businesses just because it trades with their employer.

Maragaret Thatcher banned it in 1980 after the country was paralysed by union bosses under the previous Labour administration.

We’ll make sure that people have the right, as in the ILO conventions, to withdraw their labour, yes.

John McDonnell

Unions have a long-established relationship with Labour – who see themselves as a the workers party.

Last year it was recorded that union chiefs have bankrolled the party to the tune of £27million since Mr Corbyn became leader and now have more influence than ever over policy.

Leftie cheerleader Len McCluskey’s giant Unite union has pumped more than £13.6million into party coffers, according to Electoral Commission figures from 2018.

Pushed on whether people could close down a school or hospital in sympathy with the rail unions, Mr McDonnell added: “People will have the right to withdraw their labour, but let’s be absolutely clear, what we’re doing now by these structural reforms is making sure everyone has a vested interest in their company or their public utility.”

IFS HAS ‘GOT IT WRONG’

Mr McDonnell added that the Institute for Fiscal Studies – an independent economic think tank – have “got it wrong” by saying that Labour’s tax plans are “not credible”.

Asked about who will really be paying when a business is forced to pay more tax, he added: “What we’re saying is with the structural changes we will make in the economy, we’ll make sure that actually the corporations themselves do not take that easy option of cutting wages or rising prices.

“But actually because we’re democratising the way these corporations work and are more accountable, they will actually invest in their companies.

“Instead of being driven by short-term profiteering and shareholder interest only, they will think for the long term, invest and grow the economy, and that’s what’s happening elsewhere.”

 A workman stands next to a mountain of trash left piling up in the streets during the Winter of Discontent

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A workman stands next to a mountain of trash left piling up in the streets during the Winter of Discontent
 Jeremy Corbyn and right-hand man John McDonnell

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Jeremy Corbyn and right-hand man John McDonnellCredit: AFP or licensors


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