Plans to Shackle Industrial Action Have a More Sinister Purpose
What is the point of a union whose hands are tied? Of course, the Tories know the answer to that one; no bloody use!
As the author points out, this will lead to more militancy on the shop floor and more, I dearly hope, wildcat strikes.
And again, as the author points out, negotiating with no muscle results in imposition from the other side.
I’ll be interested to hear what ‘more pink than red’ Ed has to say.
Reposted from Huffington Post
So now we know what the Conservative manifesto will say about industrial action.
Strike ballots will require a 50% turn out to be valid. Breaches of the picketing code of practice will be criminalised. A whole new list of rules and regulations will be introduced that will be almost impossible for unions to meet. So even when a union meets the threshold requirement, employers will have plenty of new opportunities to get injunctions against a strike.
This goes far further than anything Mrs Thatcher did in limiting the right to strike. Such a turn out threshold is very rarely met by ballots involving more than a small workforce. It adds up to an effective end to the right to strike for many groups of workers – normally the kind of measure that we associate with dictatorships, not democracies.
No doubt we will be told it…
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