At today’s PMQs Labour leader Keir Starmer has urged PM Rishi Sunak to apologise for ambulance waiting times and the “the lethal chaos under his watch”.
The PM did his best to avoid direct answers to Starmer’s questionin.
The Tory leader instead repeatedly asked Starmer why he did not support the government’s planned anti-strike law.
Sunak told the House that the new strike bill simply joins with other European countries like Spain, France and Itlay.
Is Sunak right?
In a post on the Institute of Employment Rights website, Keith Ewing, Professor of Public Law at King’s College London, and Lord John Hendy KC, Chair of the Institute of Employment Rights, also said “the choice of France as a comparator is a poor one” as the minimum service legislation in the country has “never been deployed for transport strikes”.
Dr Manuela Galetto, Associate Professor of Employment Relations and Co-Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University, told FactCheck that even when the procedures and notice time are not entirely followed in France, Italy and Spain, “the consequences on workers participating in a strike is never losing the job”.
It was left to lawyer and activist Peter Stefanovic to call out Sunak’s lies today in another of his legendary viral videos.
As fierce and fearless as ever.
This is one to ponder…