Crackdown on union ballots ‘a return to the Thatcher e...

Crackdown on union ballots ‘a return to the Thatcher era’, says Unite

14 April 2015
The proposed crackdown in the Tory manifesto to deny workers the democratic and legitimate right to take industrial action to defend their jobs and pay is ‘a throwback to the worst excesses of the Thatcher era’, warned Unite, the country’s largest union, today (Tuesday 14 April).

Len McCluskey, Unite general secretary said: “The Tories’ proposed crackdown on trade union rights is an attempt to turn the clock back to the era of Margaret Thatcher and her union-smashing agenda.  

“When it comes to electoral credibility and thresholds, David Cameron must be a little red faced when so many of his own cabinet and ministers failed to win 40 per cent of the vote in the 2010 election.

“The fact is that trade unions in the UK already face some of the most restrictive laws in Europe.

“If David Cameron wants to increase participation in ballots then he should join us in demanding the right to secure online voting and the ability for workers to vote in their workplaces.”

The Tory manifesto proposes to outlaw strikes in essential public services, such as health, education, fire and transport, unless at least 40 per cent of all those entitled to take part in strike ballots do so.


Note to editors:

See attached is the link which reveals why the top Tories, including David Cameron, Iain Duncan Smith, Grant Shapps and George Osborne, could not achieve the Tories proposed election threshold.  

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2061 or 07768 693940.

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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.