Anti-union laws

Tories plan new law to cripple strikes

Submitted by Matthew on 14 January, 2015 - 12:51

Britain already has “the most restrictive trade union laws anywhere in the western world”, as Tony Blair complacently told the Daily Mail in 1997.

If the Tories win in May 2015 the laws will become not just “most restrictive” but crippling, or least crippling for national strikes. The Tories will ban public service strikes unless at least 40% of the workforce vote for the strike in a ballot.

Only 23.5% of the electorate voted Tory in 2010, but they think that’s enough to decide the government!


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Tories’ anti-union stunt hits buffers

Submitted by cathy n on 13 August, 2014 - 12:30 Author: By Darren Bedford

Bruce Carr, the QC appointed by the government to review the anti-union laws, has said that his report will make no recommendations.

He expressed “concern” about “the ability of the review to operate in a progressively politicised environment in the run up to the next general election”, and said that while he would still publish a report, it would not provide “a sound basis for making recommendations for change.”

Industrial news in brief Matthew Wed, 06/04/2014 - 11:53

Doncaster Care UK workers struck for 14 days in May in a fight against a 50% cuts in wages and massive reductions in sick pay.

A strike committee has now been formed for the 80 out of 120 rank-and-file Unison members who have refused to accept these conditions

Cameron says Tory 2015 manifesto will include new anti-strike laws

Submitted by AWL on 13 May, 2014 - 5:54

David Cameron has threatened new anti-union laws to make it harder for unions to call lawful strikes.

Cameron said: “When strikes are going to take place that are hugely disruptive to other people’s lives they should at least have the support of a good share of the members of that trade union.” He is reported to be considering a proposal from London mayor Boris Johnson that strike ballots must secure an absolute majority, rather than just a majority of those voting, to provide a mandate for legal strike action.

Australian labour on back foot

Submitted by Matthew on 12 March, 2014 - 10:39

Australia’s right-wing prime minister Tony Abbott has called for a Royal Commission into union “corruption”, as a way of paving the way for new anti-union laws, which he can’t introduce straight off because he lacks a majority in the Senate (upper house).

The comment by former Labor minister and former ACTU [Australian TUC] president Martin Ferguson on Abbott’s anti-union drive focuses some of the problems in the labour movement’s response.