UK: Conciliation service boss warns against strike law changes

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The Chief Conciliator at Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service), has counselled against calls to make it harder for workers to strike, saying that it could lead to a surge in unofficial action.

With public sector spending cuts due to be announced in the impending Government review, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has advocated 11 changes to strike law. These include requiring a minimum of 40% of union members who take part in a strike ballot to back such action before it could go ahead as well as letting employers hire agency workers to provide cover for striking staff.

The CBI justified their proposals by saying that they would ensure that any walkouts would reflect the ‘clear, positive support of the workforce.’