trade union bill

During 2016 the Trade Union Bill, which the Government wanted as a major vehicle to reform existing industrial action legislation, progressed through Parliament.

The Bill had its first reading in Parliament in July 2015 and the Government consulted on it in the same year. It was subject to criticism from MPs and Peers, and several changes were made before it received Royal Assent in May 2016.

It will now be implemented on 1st March 2017 .You can read the initial details here.

What is going to be included?

The original Act required 50% of members to vote (the ‘turn-out threshold’) for the ballot to be valid, and a majority of those must vote yes. This carries over into the new bill – currently a lawful strike requires only the support of a majority of the workers voting. Read more……