United Kingdom -Government announces tougher strike laws -May 27, 2015

Government mulls priority plans to toughen up trade union strike laws and calling for a 50% turnout threshold for any ballots on industrial action.

The Queen's Speech is used by the government to set out the laws it hopes to get approved by Parliament in the year ahead. Among the many proposals in this year’s speech are plans to toughen up trade union strike laws. Reforming strike laws is called a government priority. Among the envisaged changes of the strike rules are a 50% turnout threshold for ballots on industrial action, the removal of restrictions on using temporary workers to cover for striking staff and the prevention of intimidation of non-striking workers. Observers have noted that the draft legislation, unveiled in the Queen’s speech, could make strikes significantly harder to organise.

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