Earlier you intimated that if Labour bettered the Tory offer then they would likely come in with a higher one.
It is a possibility.
Starmer, Streeting and Reeves have appeared on national TV and all have refused to confirm that Labour's offer would be a single penny higher than the Tory offer. This is not most people's idea of applying pressure.
They are applying pressure by calling them out for not entering negotiations that would have called off the strike.
I think there are two issues here:
1. The Strike. The Tories could have stopped the strike by talking to the union. They refused. Labour are pressuring on this basis. A simple message - 'All the Gov had to do to stop the strike was to talk' - most people would find it bizarre that the Gov didn't talk to the union and stop the strike.
2. The Pay Deal. The message here isn't as simple. Labour could get outflanked which makes pressuring on this basis more risky and complicated. Once the political capital is gone from pressuring on the strike maybe they will switch to this line. Maybe not.
If the calculation has been made that the Tories aren't going to budge no matter what Labour say then it doesn't really matter what they actually say so it is just about what the public think of Labour's stance. A few of you don't like it, some people do. And that is politics - you can't please everyone.
Anyway, work now done so I'm logging off. Have a good weekend. UTB