Before May 2008’s mayoral election, Tory Boris Johnson put great store on attacking the number of London Underground strikes under Ken Livingstone.
In fact, so bullish he was, that he vowed “to reduce the disruption caused by strikes on the tube by negotiating a no-strike deal, in good faith, with the unions.”
Most people would think negotiating a deal – in good faith or not – involves talking to those you want to deal with. But Boris Johnson did not try to deliver this pledge, having not met with any of the London Underground unions since his election – not even once.
Instead, the Mayor’s poor management of industrial relations has meant that there have been more strikes in four years of Boris than during the entire eight years of Ken.
24 strikes under Boris in four years.
16 under Ken in eight years.