United Kingdom -Right to strike endangered by Tory proposals -March 20, 2015

The leadership of trade union Unite is openly questioning the Tory plans that could push the legitimate democratic work of trade unions outside of the law.

Len McCluskey, the general secretary of trade union Unite, has warned that he would be prepared to hold unlawful strikes if the Conservatives change the law after the general election to enforce a higher threshold on strike ballots. The leadership of trade union Unite is openly questioning the Tory plans that could push the legitimate democratic work of trade unions outside of the law: it is a union’s job to fight for working people’s rights; if the government wants to challenge fundamental rights of the citizen, when the law is misguided, when it oppresses the people and removes their freedoms, can the unions respect it? Meanwhile the Liberal Democrat cabinet minister, who is responsible for union laws, has criticised the Conservatives for having an ideological aversion to trade unions.

English: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/mar/20/len-mccluskey-issues-warning ...  

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/vince-cable-draws-up-plans-to-let-unions ...  

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/19/unions-fight-workers-bad-law ...  

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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