December strikes do not signify new 'winter of discontent'
Unlike in 1978/79, unions no longer have financial muscle or volume of members to bring down government, officials point out
Train drivers are refusing to work across southern England, Post Office workers are planning five days of action in the run-up to Christmas and Argos delivery drivers are poised to down their van keys for 72 hours.
Headline writers may well examine the current spate of December strikes and draw comparisons to the “winter of discontent”, which helped bring down the Labour government of Jim Callaghan in 1979.
Source: Guardian Transport