The Conservative Government's Proposed Strike Ballot Thresholds: The Challenge to the Trade Unions

UCU members and other staff are invited to attend a School of Management seminar by Professor Ralph Darlington, Salford Business School, University of Salford:

The Conservative Government's Proposed Strike Ballot Thresholds: The Challenge to the Trade Unions



Wed 24 Feb
3.30 to 5.00  

KEB 324


This seminar presentation will outline the multi-dimensional and comprehensive set of measures contained in the new legislation (currently Bill is at the parliamentary review stage and may be subject to revision before being passed into law), and then consider the justification and underlying motivation for its introduction. It will retrospectively apply the new proposed new tougher strike ballot laws to previously held ballots by analysing a database independently compiled of ballots over the period 1997-2015, suggesting 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. But the presentation also suggests that this does not make union resistance completely impossible, and it explores the potential means by which workers and unions might attempt to circumnavigate, blunt and defy the law. (Full Abstract attached)

The full paper can be accessed here: http://www.slideshare.net/salfordbizsch/trade-union-bill-analysis-professor-ralph-darlington-report

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