Trade Unions

Much has been written in the news recently about the Governments plan’s to change the way workers strike and how Trade Unions ballot their members in order to establish a legal strike.

 

A draft bill has been published and consultation will open on 9th September 2015 to discuss the proposals within the bill.

 

Of those proposals the main elements are:

 

• Any industrial action shall require a 50% turnout.

• In order for there to be industrial action in important public services 40% of all eligible voters must vote. This would mean that even where those voting turned out a majority, if at least 40% of those eligible to turn out and vote did not, the result would be irrelevant.

• Presently Agency Workers may not be used to cover the shortfall in staffing during a strike by workers. This ban is proposed to be lifted, meaning employers will be able to negate the impact of a strike on productivity.

• There will also be a 4 month limit on a strike mandate, after which time further ballots will be required.

• Ballot papers will be required to be specific about the remit of the strike

• There will be an increase if the bill is passed in the number of days’ notice an Employer will be given of a pending strike from 7 to 14 days.

Posted: Wed 05 Aug 2015
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