Sign up to become a member to get unlimited access to all publications.
About the book
According to the authors of this timely report, the government is attempting to rush into law ‘the most sweeping and radical tightening of rules on industrial action since the Thatcher era of the 1980’s’. They warn that such proposals could result in ‘the biggest showdown over industrial relations for a generation’ and go on to drill down into one aspect of the government’s proposals – strike ballots.
The publication first explores the justification and underlying motivation for the introduction of new tougher strike ballot laws before questioning whether the technical measure proposed would increase balloting turn-outs. The pamphlet then retrospectively applies the new laws to previously held ballots by analysing a database the authors have compiled of ballots over the period 1997-2015. They conclude that the new legislation will make it very difficult for unions to mount officially sanctioned strikes in response to government-initiated austerity measures, especially those relating to national bargaining in the public sector and end by reflecting on the unions’ potential responses to the new legislation.
Get your copy now (free to subscribers)
This publication is available in hard copy and as an electronic download. There are substantial discounts available for trade union members – please select the appropriate option from the drop down list below.
Those with a paid subscription to the IER can:
Access their free copy of the publication immediately by logging in to their account You must be logged in to view this content.
Save their free copy to their personal library by logging in to their account and selecting either of the ‘download’ options below. Please add the download to your basket and proceed to the checkout to save the product to your library – you will not be charged.