Slaying the union dragon

The government is planning new legislation to make it harder for workers to strike. But hasn’t that fight already been won? Simon Wilson reports.

What is the government proposing?

Nothing specific as yet, and nothing will happen before next May’s general election. However, last week – in response to Thursday’s one-day public-sector strikes over pay and pensions – David Cameron announced that the Conservatives would put measures into their election manifesto to make it harder for trade unions to call strikes.

Currently, union leaders can call strikes by majority vote, even if actual turnout is low. The Tories [...]

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