08 June 2010
Anti-union laws 'have undermined workers' right to strike'
Anti-union laws introduced in the UK have undermined people's right to strike, it has been suggested.
According to a spokesman for the Trades Union Congress, complex legal rules surrounding the right to take industrial action should be reviewed.
He stated: "As recent judgments have shown, complicated laws do not benefit employers nor employees and we want the laws reviewed so that the law on strikes is made much clearer."
The representative also claimed that it was changes implemented from the 1980s onwards that have eroded the ability of people to take this form of action.
His comments followed a speech made by Tony Woodley at the Unite Conference in Manchester, in which he claimed that the right to strike is "hanging by a thread".
He called on politicians to scrap laws that undermine people's ability to withdraw labour in this way and said a "level playing field" at work should be created in the UK.