Unions 'Strike Out' At Reform Proposals
The TUC has rounded on proposals to reform trade union laws, claiming they would weaken union members' voices and potentially risk escalating disputes.
The changes recommended by business lobby group the CBI include allowing employers to offer pay settlements directly to workers to resolve long running rows.
It also called for statements from employers and unions, along with the full consequences of any industrial action, to be placed on ballot papers.
The CBI argues the laws, which have changed little since the 1980s, fail to reflect the modern workplace and too often empower union leaders at the expense of staff.
CBI deputy director general Neil Bentley said it was right that firms be allowed to offer pay settlements directly to their staff, claiming unions were too often "obstructing" a reasonable deal.
"These changes are simple, and would underpin positive improvements in the way that employers, unions and employees work together, leading to closer cooperation and engagement.
"Like the changes of behaviour the new employment relationship requires of employers, they will put the ordinary member in charge."
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "The TUC has always been in favour of better regulation to reduce red tape for unions and promote greater workplace democracy.
"One obvious way to do this is to enable electronic voting in ballots, but the CBI is curiously silent about this idea.
"Another is to review the laws that stand in the way of union members deciding democratically to take industrial action as a last resort, such as the unnecessary technical requirements that provoke unfair intervention from the courts.
"The CBI proposals would actually weaken employees' voice, and some would make employment relations at sensitive times much harder to handle."
what do you think?
Plus a 50% turnout in strike ballots to make them legal. Strikes at airports and certain essential transport networks outlawed altogether. It doesn't go far enough. We have to stop this joke of 10% of union membership wreaking havoc.
if you want 50% . then who ever wins an general election must have 50%
So transport workers should have no rights while the public sector can walk out as many times as they want? Can't agree with that Tim.
Worked for the public sector 20 years. Their pensions are the best in the country. I took severance as it was becoming a joke. They should get back to work. However I'm tired of the mayhem transport strikes cause at airports and in London. McClusky and his little band of lefties need slapping down hard. They hold the country to ransom all the time for inflated pay deals way above inflation.
Yes, sound fair Tim. stephen, no party would ever get 50%. I'm so glad that an ex public servant said that about their pensions.
Take out the exhorbitant pensions of the top layer of civil servant mandarins and the average pension of a civil servant/public sector worker is between £4,000 - £6,000. Asking for wage increases BELOW inflation makes absolutely no sense as this means it is cancelled out by that inflation. Hello? Well, t. bulgin, the Tories certainly wouldn't get anywhere near 50%. But what hypocrisy to insist that workers voting to strike MUST get 50% when MPs don't have to. But then, didn't Labour win 67% of the vote in 1997? The famous landslide? And look how their lousy capitalist policies squandered it all by becoming the pale pink Tory Party.
Chris:- You are distorting the actual figures yet again. The figure you have quoted of 4k-6k includes people that have spent just a few years in the Public Sector so they only get a small percentage of their salary as a pension. If a public Service worker works for a lot of their working life (say 20 years or so) they can expect about 2/3 of their salary as a pension. Try giving that to someone in the private sector such as a shop worker at Asda or a butcher or an engineering worker. They get nothing. No contest.
I have a gem of a pension rises with inflation and decent lump sum. I left HMRC as they are a joke. End of. Loss of public records incorrect codings non collection of millions of pounds in owed taxes. .the list in endless. How dare they complain about their gilt edged pensions when some old people who have worked all their lives are near or on the poverty line. Its not the staff on the ground so much as the inept and incompetent management. They should use water canon on them if they have the cheek to march again!
Typical exageration from a trade unionist. The facts are not in your favour so you change them to suit. 67% in your dreams Chris. They got 42%. Blair the great liar and capitalist war monger, lacky and lick spittle of George W Bush, voted in with 42% of the vote. A very good percentage it must be said. However, I repeat, no party would ever get 50% of the vote. Union votes are something entirely different. Mostly, strike or not. A 50%+ majority would seem reasonable to reasonable people. The way you and your friends like to twist the numbers all the time show that none of you are reasonable. 'Power at any cost' (including the truth)
I agree with the water cannon comment Tim x. They could be re-named 'shut up moaning, wake up and start living in the real world with the rest of us cannons'
Here's a joke to cheer everyone up. Whats the difference between a plane load of trade union workers and a plane load of non trade union workers ? Answer: When the engines are switched off on the non union workers plane the whining noise stops.
Is okay. But you were funnier when relentlessly shouting SHAKES at everyone ;)
Why is it always the disgruntled workers who go on strike, a selected times, are the ones who are most secure and the ones who can cause the most damage to the rest of us? I suppose this process pays the most dividends for the least outlay? Almost like a process of 'radicalisation' for those involved, and exciting, empowering.