Firms should allow parents to bring their children to work during next week's pensions strike by public sector workers, the Prime Minister said as he indicated he might be willing to make it harder to take industrial action.
Millions of parents are expected to struggle with childcare as teachers take part in a 24-hour walkout next Wednesday, which could see more than two million workers on strike in the biggest outbreak of industrial unrest since the 1979 Winter of Discontent.
There were calls for changes in strike laws from the Tories in the Commons after Tory MP Richard Ottaway said strikes should be banned unless 50% or more of a union's members voted for it.
David Cameron said the strikes were the “height of irresponsibility” and a “tragedy” at a time when an “extremely reasonable” pensions offer was on the table.
A source indicated that No 10 staff could be among those able to bring their children to work.