The government today unveiled proposals which will make it all but impossible for many workers to ever again legally protect their pay and conditions by going on strike.
Under these plans there will be a new minimum threshold of 50% on strike ballots, plus a new time limit on any action following a ballot. Taken individually, the measures may seem reasonable to some. But they come on top of huge amounts of existing regulation which already make the UK one of the least worker-friendly countries in Europe.
As things stand, in order to launch a strike, trade unions must navigate multiple pieces of legislation minutely governing the balloting process.
These heavy restrictions mean that previous widely supported strikes have already been banned by the courts, despite receiving majority support from union members on a high turnout.
In 2010, a strike by British Airways cabin crew was backed by 92.5% of workers on an 80% turnout. Yet the courts ruled it illegal anyway because a number of workersRead More »from Tory anti-strike laws are just their first attack on workers' rights