OPINION - Talking Point: What do you think of the anti-strike laws?

Ambulance workers on the picket line outside Soundwell Ambulance Station, in Bristol  (Ben Birchall / PA)
Ambulance workers on the picket line outside Soundwell Ambulance Station, in Bristol (Ben Birchall / PA)

The Government is bringing forward a new law which will force unions to ensure a minimum level of service by paramedics, rail workers, and the fire service during strikes. It could be extended in future to cover other workforces carrying out industrial action.

Ministers have been accused of rushing through the legislation without MPs giving it proper scrutiny, by allowing it to pass through the Commons in just two days.

Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “Ministers know this shoddy, unworkable Bill won’t do a thing to help working people or avoid strikes. Labour will resist this desperate attempt to dodge any serious scrutiny as they try to rush it through Parliament.”

It’s been defended by Business Secretary Grant Shapps, who said: “We don’t want to use this legislation but we must ensure the safety of the British public.”

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