Nigel Farage brutally mocks 100,000 civil servants planning strike action

Nigel Farage has mocked the 100,000 civil servants who are striking next month
Nigel Farage has mocked the 100,000 civil servants who are striking next month

Around 100,000 civil servants are set to strike in a bitter dispute over pay, jobs and working conditions

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Nigel Farage has blasted striking civil servants after unions announced that they would be holding industrial action next month.

In a tweet Farage mocked those striking as he joked that those in Whitehall would probably not “notice the difference”.

He said: “100,000 civil servants have voted to strike on Feb 1st. I doubt anyone in Whitehall will notice the difference!”

The strikes are to go ahead next month after talks with the Government to resolve the dispute were dubbed a “total farce”.

A total of 100,000 civil servants have voted to strike in February
A total of 100,000 civil servants have voted to strike in February

Cabinet Office Minister Jeremy Quin met with union leaders to discuss growing industrial unrest after weeks of stoppages across the country, including by Border Force staff over Christmas.

Unions have repeatedly said more money would need to be offered in order to avoid an escalation of stoppages.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS), said: “We will not stand by and watch our members be condemned to low pay.

“We’ve tried talking but it appears the only option open to us is to force them to change their mind, and the only way we can do that is to escalate our strike action.”

The fresh strikes come after months of action by the public sector over a pay row.

Talking on GB News, Farage said: “I actually think for once, the Government are in the right position on this.

"And I think, if not to begin with, but over the course of the next couple of weeks, I think public opinion will swing behind the Government.

Ambulance workers carried out strikes last week
Ambulance workers carried out strikes last week

“The reason I say that is those of us in work are now paying more tax than anyone’s known in living memory and surely if we dial 999 because somebody has had a heart attack surely they deserve an ambulance to come to them.

“I think that line of logic if Rishi continues to push it with passion and with vigour, will win round public opinion.”

Talks have been ongoing to try and resolve disputes in the NHS and on the railways amid further strike action.