UK: Employer’s body calls for new curbs on strike rules

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The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) wants there to be a minimum threshold of workforce participation in any vote before strike action can go ahead. It is proposing that 40% of employees be required to take part in the vote as well as having a majority of them agree on any decision to walk out.

This follows Civil Service strike action in March after 30% of staff voted, while a similar number of Network Rail staff took part in a ballot for action which was later declared illegal by the High Court.

The CBI warned that the Government should introduce such measures before impending public sector spending cuts could leave hundreds of thousands more without work. In addition, they want to reduce from 90 days to 30 days the time during which employees can consult on redundancies. They say this would reduce staff uncertainty and allow falls in demand to be responded to more quickly.