July 5, 2010

THATCHERISM ON STEROIDS:

Conservatives plot to curb unions: Conservative ministers are plotting to curb union strike powers to avoid a second winter of discontent. (Holly Watt, 7/05/10, Daily Telegraph)


Ministers have held secret meetings to block nationwide strikes this autumn as departments enforce spending cuts of up to 40 per cent and the loss of up to a million public sector jobs.
The plans would toughen Margaret Thatcher’s union laws and block unions from calling strikes with a simple majority in a union ballot. The Conservatives are believed to be looking at raising the proportion of workers required to vote for a strike before it takes place. [...]

Last month, David Cameron said that the Trade Union Congress needed to accept that the public sector would have to accept cuts in pay, pensions and benefits. "You just think: what planet are they living on?" said Mr Cameron.

The Government is under pressure from senior business figures to change the rules to allow striking workers to be replaced with agency employees. Unions could also be made legally liable for the consequences of strikes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2010 7:26 AM
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