Teaching unions condemn new strike restrictions

The TES is reporting that teaching unions have condemned new legislation that will require them to have the support of 40 per cent of their total membership before they can take industrial action…

The requirement is set out in the Trade Union Bill, announced today, alongside a new rule that requires a 50 per cent turnout in ballots for industrial action.

It would impose a four-month time limit for industrial action after a successful ballot and introduce “greater scrutiny and controls” on “facility time”, in which trade union representatives are given time during paid working hours to carry out trade union duties. It would also repeal a ban on the use of agency workers to cover for staff on strike. 

Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the ATL teaching union, said the bill was “yet another instance of the government putting ideology ahead of the rights of working people”…

A consultation will seek views on the 40 per cent threshold, the repeal of the ban on agency staff and some other proposed measures. The consultation has been launched today and will run until September…

More at: Teaching unions condemn new strike restrictions

 

Obviously these moves, if they go ahead, might make it harder for unions to call strikes, but are they fundamentally unreasonable? 

What do you think? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…

 

Should teachers still be able to strike if fewer than 40% of union members vote in favour?

 

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