Commenting on Conservative proposals to further restrict British workers' right to strike, Len McCluskey, leader of the UK's biggest union Unite, said: "Yet again, the Conservatives line themselves up behind big business and against working people.
"This latest threat will hit workers enacting their fundamental right to stand up for fair wages, to save our public services and defend their jobs and pensions.
"The way to resolve such disputes is through negotiations - not to intimidate and silence by legislation. The way to improve turnouts is to modernise balloting, something trade unions have repeatedly called for but been ignored by the Conservatives who are determined roll back the rights of working people.
"This speaks volumes about the sort of government we could expect from the Tories. We already have the most backwards trade union laws in Europe yet they want to bounce us further to the dark ages. In the year we commemorate the birth of our freedoms with the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, the Tories want to place the UK in the same league as some of the most anti-democratic regimes on the planet.
"These moves are chilling, and will ring alarm bells in workplaces right across the land."
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 or Pauline Doyle on 07976 832861.
Notes to editors
- 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