Boris backs new Trade Union Bill

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

MAYOR of Lon­don Boris John­son has openly sup­ported the big­gest shake-up in the rules on in­dus­trial ac­tion, af­ter back­ing a new Con­ser­va­tive bill.

The Trade Union Bill be­gan its jour­ney into law by be­ing pre­sented to the Com­mons on Wed­nes­day (Septem­ber 9).

The bill would ban work­ers in key public sec­tors from strik­ing un­less in­dus­trial ac­tion is sup­ported by at least 40% of all those el­i­gi­ble to vote.

The move means that any worker who ab­stains in a strike vote or for­gets to re­turn their bal­lot pa­per will ef­fec­tively be deemed to be op­pos­ing the move.

Mayor and Uxbridge & South Ruis­lip MP Mr John­son said the bill is “to­tally the right way for­ward for the coun­try”.

He added: “I’m very grate­ful that the Gov­ern­ment is at last mov­ing on this as this is some­thing we’ve been lob­by­ing for in TfL for many years now.

“The [cur­rent] bal­lot thresh­olds are too low, they’re ab­surd.

“You’re hav­ing

teeny num­bers of peo­ple vot­ing for paralysing strikes so you’ve got to do some­thing.”

Mr John­son is con­fi­dent that ev­ery­body in Par­lia­ment will “see the sense of this”.

He added: “There’s some cities around the world where mass-transit work­ers can’t go on strike at all – it’s legally pre­vented.

“This is a mod­er­ate ap­proach that will pro­tect work­ing peo­ple in the trades unions, many of whom don’t want to go on strike, and the trav­el­ling public.”

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