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Union chief’s threat to defy strike law over wage freeze

UNION boss Len McCluskey says he is prepared to break the law in order to launch strike action over public sector pay.

The leader of the Unite union told the government that co-ordinated industrial action on the issue was ‘very likely’.

Strike ballots need a 50 per cent turnout for legal strikes to go-ahead but Mr McCluskey (pictured), said on Radio 4’s Today programme yesterday that he was ready to defy that law.

‘If they (Unite members) haven’t managed to hit an artificial threshold this government have foolishly put on to the statute books, then I will stand by our members and we will all, including the government, live with the consequences of that,’ he said.

Union chiefs have demanded a five per cent pay rise for public sector workers.

The TUC conference in Brighton yesterday voted to support a motion from four unions calling for national co-ordinated action against the public sector cap.