Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No Surprise That We Now Back Strike Curbs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

No Surprise That We Now Back Strike Curbs

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THERE shouldn't be much surprise that a poll published today suggests that more than half of Londoners now support legislation making it more difficult for workers in crucial sectors to go on strike: only a quarter are against. This week's Tube strike may have been called off but the fact that the RMT union left its announcement until the last minute means that some of the disruption has already happened. Many people have postponed appointments and businesses have cancelled meetings on the basis of the uncertainty about whether they could take place. The likelihood of a Tube strike can mean life is put on hold.

The Government's new Trade Union bill would not outlaw strike action but it would raise the bar significantly for it to happen. At least 50 per cent of those eligible to vote in a strike ballot would have to participate, and in the case of essential industries 40 per cent of those eligible to vote would have to approve the action. That means that unions would have to engage much more vigorously with their members to persuade them to back strike action. …

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