The recent daft suggestion by Tory Minister Frances Maude that there should only be a 15 minutes strike on November 2011 since "talks are ongoing" has been rejected by all the Unions. The Government has had 9 months to come up with a firm offer and have failed consistently to do so.
Interestingly there were 4 Council by-elections last week in Islington, Redbridge, Birmingham and Ipswich. The turnout for these elections was 23%, 24%, 33% and 36% respectively. By coincidence this is an average turnout of 29%. For some strange reason I have not heard any Government minister call for legislation to overturn these results and have minimum turnouts in such ballots?