Union barons offering ‘loyalty cards’ to strikers as support for picket lines dwindle

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A union-backed organisation is offering “prizes” to striking workers who attend picket lines with a loyalty scheme for ther purpose of artificially boosting the ranks at picket lines.  “Strike Map” wants to host a “wall for fame” for those who take part in the most walk out and the website states: “At Strike Map, we’re launching a picket line loyalty card. The more pickets you visit, the more free prizes you win”. Those signing up for the scheme are asked to tag social media posts with #visitapicket and to take selfies.

In response to the site former Cabinet minister, Damian Green told the Daily Mail the Government was facing a quasi-general strike” co-ordinated by “politically motivated” union leaders and Tory MP Craig Mackinlay said the idea of the scheme was to help cause “a de facto general strike to bring down the nation’s finances and the Government”.

On Twitter, Strike Map responded to criticism by saying: “This is a classic silly season attack on our legitimate tool by Tory MPs desperate to distract from the fact that they’ve slashed the wages of teachers and nurses by over 20 percent and made a mess of the economy.”

The loyalty scheme comes as sources told the Daily Mail union boss Mick Lynch needs “a way out of the dispute” as support dwindles and that a deal by the end of January was “not impossible”.

Brits will also face more travel misery as strike action rumbles on at airports over the New Year. Border Force staff, many of whom work checking passports at airports, are staging their second walkout from today until December 31.

The strikes are over disputes with the government over pay, jobs and conditions and action could go on for months.

Military personnel, praised for their efficiency covering recent strikes on December 23 to 26, will be deployed again to Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Glasgow airports, as well as the Port of Newhaven.

The Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Union said around 1,000 of its members will down tools and warned the action could go on for months unless ministers agree to enter pay talks.

Disruption to rail services will continue after the New Year with commuters returning to work hit by strike action by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT).

The RMT said its members at Network Rail will strike from Tuesday, January 3 until Friday, January 7 in action over pay and conditions.  Overtime is also banned for RMT members from December 18 until January 2.

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RMT strikers will be joined by staff from the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) union who have balloted members at Great Western Railway and West Midlands Trains. 

The deadline for avoiding chaos next week was missed last night as rail operators need to give some staff, such as train drivers, at least a week’s notice to roster them

In a further escalation of discontent this winter, driving instructors and rural payment officers at 250 sites across Britain are refusing to work in a series of actions until January 16.

Members of the PCS union at 71 driving test centres in eastern England and the Midlands will be on strike over five days from Wednesday.

The PCS is calling for a 10 per cent pay rise, better pensions, job security and no cuts to redundancy terms for all its members but the government has said the requested pay rises are “unaffordable”.

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