Rules for strikes to be tightened

The House of Commons debated in its first reading the government’s new Trade Union Bill, mostly concerned with “industrial action” (the newspeak word which since its introduction in the 1970s still hasn’t managed to supersede “strike” outside formal contexts), incensing those on the political left.
Parliament: Trade Union Bill (HC Bill 58)
BBC: Trade Union Bill: Ministers deny ‘attack on workers’ rights’
Which is only natural: Tories supporting employers, Labour employees. Neither is there anything surprising in the fact that a demand for public sector strikes* to need the backing of at least 40% of those eligible to vote comes from a party voted into power by less then 25% of the electorate. (Indeed, as The Independent points out, even the Business Secretary, who presented the bill, was voted for by less.) We are long accustomed to Mr Cameron’s antics like having “We will cut […] the number of MPs” in the 2010 manifesto, then creating more new peers more quickly then anybody else since the war.

* the precise phrase is “where the majority of those who were entitled to vote in the ballot are normally engaged in— (a) the provision of important public services, or (b) activities that are ancillary to the provision of important public services”


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