The Welsh Conservatives say Labour and Plaid politicians should surrender their salaries for the day after they decided to down tools to show solidarity to strike with civil servants.
There will be no Senedd business tomorrow (Wednesday) as the Labour Government and its coalition partners in Plaid Cymru refuse to cross the picket line as a civil service trade union is on strike.
Meanwhile, the Welsh Conservatives will be in work and holding a Shadow Cabinet meeting.
It coincides with other strikes in Labour-run Wales including teachers which will see hundreds of schools close or offer limited teaching on 1 February. There will also be strikes affecting Transport for Wales services, university teaching, and hospitals as nurses strike again.
Commenting, Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies MS said:
“The people of Wales will not be impressed with Labour and Plaid politicians downing tools for the day when the Welsh NHS, education system, and economy are in dire need of attention.
“Senedd members should be debating and scrutinising – instead these parties are taking a day off when they should be working to end the strikes they have the power to resolve.
“It is even more galling considering Labour’s very cosy relationships with the unions that bankroll their election campaigns. And isn’t it interesting that Labour will cross a picket line for nurses and teachers, but they won’t for probably better paid civil servants?
“As a price for their virtue signalling, Labour and Plaid should forego their pay for the day – otherwise where is the solidarity they claim when workers lose out on their wages?
“The Welsh Conservatives will be in work, doing what we can to hold the Labour Government and its partners in Plaid to account for the damage they are doing in Wales.”
The strikes come the week before industrial action by nurses and ambulance workers (Monday), and midwives and physios (Tuesday).