Reforms to trade union law - have your say

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24 / 8 / 2015 9.34am

Have your say on reforms to trade union law relating to strike action and transparency, including a requirement to have reasonable notice of strike action so that employers have more chance to prepare.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) is consulting on a number of issues connected to the new Trade Union Bill and is seeking views through three open consultations:

Ballot thresholds in important public services
This consultation seeks views on what occupations should be included in the 40 per cent important public services ballot threshold.

Hiring agency staff during strike action: reforming regulation
This consultation seeks views on changes to regulations banning employers from hiring agency staff during strike action.

Tackling intimidation of non-striking workers
This consultation seeks views on how to tackle the intimidation of non-striking workers during industrial disputes.

The government states that reforms introduced by the Trade Union Bill will modernise trade union law and will:

  • ensure that strike action only ever takes place on the basis of clear and representative mandates, through new thresholds that strike ballots must meet
  • improve transparency and oversight of trade unions
  • require reasonable notice of strike action, and give employers greater chance to prepare for industrial action and put in place contingency plans.

You can access all three consultations through the website. All consultations close at 11.45pm on until 9 September 2015. 

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