FURIOUS Theresa May accused Jeremy Corbyn of threatening to create havoc for Brits by refusing to condemn illegal strikes.
The PM said ordinary working families would be the victims of a wave of crippling industrial action by unions furious about public sector pay.
Theresa May accused Corbyn of causing ‘havoc’[/caption]
And she challenged the Labour leader to call on the unions to back off.
Speaking in the Commons, she said: “On the Conservative benches, we condemn illegal strikes.
“We condemn action outside the law.
“The people who suffer from illegal strikes are the ordinary working families who cannot get their children to school, who cannot access the public services they need, and who cannot get to work.”
A Labour spokesman would only say no “such strikes” had yet been called – but that Labour fully supported the tradition of “public protest”.
Unite chief Len McCluskey has threatened to take members out on strike even if ballots fail to meet a 50 per cent minimum turnout.
A Labour spokesman said the party fully supports ‘public protest’[/caption]
Shadow Lord Chancellor Richard Burgon refused five times to condemn the prospect of illegal strikes on Tuesday.
The PM’s blast came as senior Tories criticised her decision to rip up the 1 per cent public sector pay cap.
Prison guards got a 1.7 per cent wage rise and police officers 2 per cent.
Len McCluskey caused controversy by comparing himself to Gandhi[/caption]
Ex-Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said the Government had made a mistake by giving the impression it can “suddenly spend money”.
And the DUP piled on the pressure by siding with Labour in a Commons debate to demand more money for nurses.
Senior Democratic Unionist Iain Paisley Jr said it sent out a “clarion call” on the issue of higher wages for doctors and nurses.
Furious unions claim the hikes announced by the PM are nowhere near enough given spiralling inflation.
DUP MPs embarrassed Theresa May by voting with the Labour party despite helping the Conservatives to form a majority government[/caption]
Official jobs figures said “real” earnings – taking inflation into account – fell 0.4 per cent in July.
The Resolution Foundation think tank said that lifting the cap would cost £10 billion over the next two years if the Government wants to raise public sector pay in line with forecast average earnings.
Nurses, teachers and others would need 3.3 per cent next April – it said.
Lord Aitken – a former member of Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet – said the PM should have given prison officers a bigger pay rise.
He said prison guards had been “undervalued” for too long – fuelling the crisis in Britain’s jails.
He told the Sun: “As a former Treasury Secretary I’m aware of the need to keep a tight grip on the public finances, but I would like to have seen prison officers get more.”