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Sympathy for the strikers

In the PR battle between the strikers and their employers including the government, there looked like one winner in the run up to Christmas.

Even commuters and other consumers thoroughly inconvenienced by the strikes seemed inclined to sympathise.

The question must be how long that sympathy holds. Are we really in General Strike one-out, all-out territory or are the strikers in a rather shakier coalition than that?

Today the ONS reported that one in six businesses were affected by the strikes, with a third struggling to get hold of the goods they needed to function.

The ONS revisits this stuff every two months and will be one to watch.

For our Find Out Now poll this week we asked more than 2000 people:

Workers from the following sectors have announced/gone on strikes this month and/or last month. Which ones, if any, do you sympathise with?

Unsurprisingly Nurses scored highest at 60%. Driving examiners are bottom with 15%.

A few other nuggets:

·  Most sympathise with Nurses (60%) and Ambulance drivers (54%)

·  There is least sympathy with University Staff (17%) and Driving Examiners (15%)

·  37% of Tory (2019) voters don’t sympathise with any, compared to 7% of Labour voters

·  56% of Labour voters sympathise with teachers, compared to 14% of Tory voters

·  There’s a lot more sympathy for Bus drivers in London (32%) and Scotland (30%) than the North East (14%) or South East (15%)

Find Out Now will return to this question overtime to see if, among other things, support for the nurses remains rock solid or begins to slip.

You can see the full results below.

Press release of the day

Today is High Pay Day, the day when the salary of the average FTSE 100 boss passes the amount the average UK worker will make in the entire year.

It’s a stunt, of course, but it’s a good one.

Sheila Atwood of Cendex says: “With the cost-of-living crisis looming and other economic pressures hitting home, it is not surprising that the campaign for fairer pay is gaining momentum… employers should consider how else they can support staff, whether that be a one-off payment, a zero-interest loan or an additional salary review.”

Stories that will keep rolling

1) Is Eurozone inflation easing?

2) How does the US jobs miracle look?

3) Are the construction PMIs signalling recession?

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