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.