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PDA will defend the right to strike

The PDA will work with trade unions and others to defend the fundamental right for workers to strike.

Thu 5th January 2023 The PDA

The right to strike is a fundamental right through which employees can act collectively to secure and protect pay and conditions. However, the UK government are proposing to further restrict this right. The Trade Union Congress (TUC), who are the main national centre for independent trade unions in Great Britain, are coordinating the challenge to these proposals.

TUC statement:

Responding to Thursday’s announcement of an attack on the right to strike to defend workers’ pay and conditions, the TUC has said that the Prime Minister should concentrate on fixing our public services, not attacking public sector staff. The union body says that the proposed legislation would make it harder for disputes to be resolved.

TUC General Secretary Paul Nowak said:

This is an attack on the right to strike. It’s an attack on working people. And it’s an attack on one of our longstanding British liberties.  

“It means that when workers democratically vote to strike, they can be forced to work and sacked if they don’t. That’s wrong, unworkable, and almost certainly illegal.  

“The announcement offers nothing more to help with this year’s pay and the cost of living crisis.  

“The only offer of talks is for next year. But we need to resolve the current disputes and boost the pay of public sector workers now. 

“The Prime Minister said yesterday his door is always open – if he’s serious, he should prove it. He should take up my offer to get around the table to improve this year’s pay and end the current disputes.  

“There is a world of difference between promises of jam tomorrow with technical discussions about pay review bodies, and proper negotiations on pay in the here and now. 

“Our public services are already deep in a staffing crisis. But this government has gone from clapping key workers to threatening them with the sack if they take lawful action for a pay rise. It will only push more people away from essential jobs in public services, harming the whole nation.” 

On the trade union campaigning to defend the right to strike, Paul added:

Trade unions will fight this every step of the way. We’re inviting every worker – public and private sector, and everyone who wants to protect British liberties -to be a part of our campaign to defend the right to strike.” 


The PDA believes that industrial action should always be a last resort, especially for health professionals such as pharmacists, however having the option to strike is a fundamental right for working people in a fair and free, civilised society. The PDA will work with unions and others to defend that right.

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