Britain: Unions slam 'biggest attack on workers for decades'

July 19, 2015

British unions slammed the ruling Conservative Party on July 15 for introducing a bill derided as the biggest attack on worker's rights in decades, TeleSUR English said that day.

The government's new Trade Union Bill would impose a slew of new regulations on unions, including new voting thresholds for strikes.

At least 50% of members would need to cast a ballot for a strike to move forward. Now, unions only need to secure a simple majority of votes for a strike to be valid.

Union strikes will also be made harder by proposed crackdowns on unofficial actions, along with new financing rules. Unofficial pickets would be criminalised.

During legal strikes employers would be allowed to hire strike-breaking casual workers. Authorities will also be handed new powers to fine unions for striking. The Guardian called the bill the “the biggest crackdown on trade union rights for 30 years”.

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