Saturday, 29 August 2015

Trade Union Bill to be debated in the Commons this autumn

The Trade Unions Bill will be debated this autumn to make strike laws fairer for working people.

Trade unions have a constructive role to play in representing their members’ interests but we must balance their rights with those of working people and businesses – who have a right to expect that the services they rely on are not going to be disrupted at short notice by strikes with the support of only a small proportion of union members.

That’s why this Bill will introduce a 50 per cent threshold for ballot turn-out, and an additional threshold of 40 per cent for support to take part in industrial action in important public sectors such as fire, health, education and transport. These changes will ensure strikes are the result of a clear and positive democratic mandate from union members.

This is a One Nation approach – balancing the right to strike with the right of millions of people to go about their daily lives without last minute disruption – and will deliver a key commitment we made in our Manifesto.

1 comment:

  1. I am so angry about this? It will destroy the ability of every employee to negotiate with their employer. Let me explain, employment is the biggest overhead for most businesses, cutting this overhead allows a business to earn more and or lower prices to win business. Both of course will earn owners and directors big bonuses. Your employer may well approach you and ask to change your terms of employment. You would probably never consider striking to counter this and would try to negotiate. Your employer knows that now you probably can't strike and even if you did he can now replace you immediately. What have you got left to negotiate with? The Government tell us that they have to take this step to prevent all the socially disruptive strikes which keep occurring. Don't be deceived, there are fewer strikes today than at any time in our industrial past, and they are getting fewer. This is a bill for businesses, pure and simple. The sad thing is, once all the cost cutting has been done, businesses will back to square one whilst many of us will be on the breadline!

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