Plans to Shackle Industrial Action Have a More Sinister Purpose

19 Jul

The lovely wibbly wobbly old lady

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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