Labour strik­ers’ char­ter

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

A LABOUR gov­ern­ment would launch a strik­ers’ char­ter, giv­ing work­ers more rea­sons to down tools.

On a visit to Scot­land yes­ter­day, Shadow Chan­cel­lor John McDon­nell promised to abol­ish Mar­garet Thatcher’s trade union laws.

Mr McDon­nell wants a re­turn to the days of sym­pa­thy strikes or sol­i­dar­ity ac­tion, whereby work­ers stop work over is­sues that have no im­pact on their own jobs.

He cited Rolls-Royce work­ers in East Kil­bride who in 1973 re­fused to re­pair Hawker Hunter air­craft engines so they could not be used by the Pinochet regime against the peo­ple of Chile.

He said: ‘Our work­place re­form will re­store the bal­ance be­tween em­ployer and worker by in­stalling trade union rights in law again.’

But Con­ser­va­tive MP John La­mont said: ‘This is a lu­di­crous sug­ges­tion that shows Labour want to take us back to the 1970s.

‘The cur­rent laws around strik­ing in­sure against ir­re­spon­si­ble strike ac­tion.’

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