The Government has today announced the start of a consultation on reforms to trade union laws, particularly in relation to strike laws.
The Trade Union Bill will introduce:
These measures are being introduced to address the fact that the present rules mean that only a simple majority of those voting is required for action, which can allow a small minority of trade union members to bring about industrial action without the support of the majority.
The Bill will also seek to improve union practices and increase transparency by:
The Bill, which also seeks to repeal the ban on the use of agency workers to cover the work of strikers, has not yet been published but you can click here to read the full press release from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.