So, what are the changes being proposed?
Unison general secretary Dave Prentis said: “These spiteful proposals will deny millions of ordinary workers a voice at work”.
Union leaders denounced the plans as “draconian” and said would remove all incentives for employers to listen to staff.
Legislation meant to strengthen laws on strike action has been revealed by the United Kingdom government.
As such, it’s always a little odd that David Cameron seems surprised when he mentions Labour’s links to trade unions. Indeed, Hillary Clinton suggested in a speech this week that the decline of unions in the United States could be responsible for up to a third of the rise in income inequality among American men. Yet, it has been the trade union barons, not Labour, who have been talking up how utterly bad this bill will be.
Under the new legislation, the details of which are being revealed today, it will be virtually impossible for workers in the public sector to ever again organise industrial action to defend their pay and conditions. Dattatreya intervened and assured the unions no social security norms would be touched while introducing this law.
The organisation has also criticised a further squeeze on facility time, describing it as the lifeblood of the unions day-to-day work.
So if the government now applies the same principle to political funds as a whole, this would hit Labour less hard than it would have done before the Miliband reforms.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said that the new strike rules would balance the rights of trade unio …
“Rolling mandates” that allow union leaders to keep calling strikes indefinitely will be ended. Failing consensus, the government formed a sub-committee of workers and employers to look into the provisions in detail and suggest recommendations.
By turning this round – proposing that trade unionists must now “opt in” – the object is clear.
Under the Trade Union Bill, a turnout of at least 50% of members will be needed to authorise action. Not content with cutting off the labour movement at the knees, the government also plan to cut it off at the head as well. The position paper is believed to be a “reference toolkit for the trade unions’ future actions”. “This is a nasty attack on the organisations that support working people to get on”.
The UK Government’s plans to tighten rules on strike ballots and political donations have triggered a furious reaction.
Employment law expert Christopher Mordue said that it remained to be seen how unions would react to the changes, particularly those that had not been widely trailed by the Conservative government. Several public consultations are also to be launched today covering particular controversial aspects of the proposals.
Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, Britain’s largest union, said unions must be ready to fight. It picks up where the Transparency of Lobbying Act, more commonly referred to as the “gagging law” left off, infringing on the rights of trade unions and other democratic organisations to engage in political activity by imposing restrictions on the funds they use for campaigning activities.
Under normal circumstances, this would be enough to make us on the Labour benches in the House of Commons and working people across the country despair, but on Wednesday it just served to add insult to injury.