Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Defend workers' rights from fresh attacks

Not satisfied with the raft of anti-union laws introduced during the Thatcher government of the 1980s, employers' organisation the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) wants the coalition government to push even further.

It is lobbying the Tories for changes to employment law and rules on strike ballots. Employers, nervous about the potential for growing industrial unrest in response to cuts, want to change the rules on how many trade union members need to vote for strike action before a strike can proceed.

They want 40% of all those balloted to vote for action before it can be considered legitimate. So an overwhelming majority for action could be regarded as insufficient because the turnout isn't up to the CBI's exacting standards. Strange how these standards aren't applied to parliamentary, local or any other elections. If they were, very few people seeking to be our elected representatives would ever gain a mandate.

Read more HERE.


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