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DarrenJ: employment laws in the UK prevent the recruitment of staff to specifically cover the duties of striking employees, or, I believe, to contract agencies to provide staff for the same purpose.

It is however perfectly legal to train existing staff to undertake roles other than their own and for those existing staff to step into the breach under any given circumstances.

On the face of it, then, this is an extremely pragmatic move and one which may very well help to sideline self-serving union activists and catalyse further moves towards a negotiated settlement.

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