Protect the right to strike: kill the bill
by Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC
Published September 2015
The Trade Union Bill has now passed its second reading and the government is attempting to rush it through parliamentary procedures. Here two leading experts on trade union rights –Professor Keith Ewing and John Hendy QC – publish a short but comprehensive overview of the Trade Union Bill and its implications.
About the book
Protect the Right to Strike: Kill the Bill published by IER and the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom, is an essential tool for trade unionists hoping to defeat the proposals in the Bill. The publication provides a straightforward analysis of the contents of the Bill, explaining the ideological intentions behind them and the consequences they will have on employment rights and trade union freedoms should the Bill be passed.
According to the authors, the Bill has three particular features:
The authors characterise the Bill as “a full frontal assault on the industrial and political freedoms of the trade union movement, a strategic part of the government’s austerity policy….and an authoritarian announcement of the Tories utter contempt for civil liberties and human rights”.
They conclude by saying that the measures in this Bill will not be defeated in court rooms or lecture theatres but in political and industrial arenas.
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