Matthew Pinto-Chilcott, Owner of Consensus HR comments: – PM working on ‘tough’ new anti-strike laws “I do not know what your views are in relation to the current state of the economy and many public sector provisions taking strike action but this latest news that has been broadcasted and written in a number of papers explains what action the Government is aiming to take in the future. The current economy with high inflation and the war in Ukraine and high gas / electricity prices is something very unusual to me, having not experienced it in the past but it highlights the importance of employee relationships and the need for all parties to be reasonable and to take reasonable action. Running a business / service is never easy and having employees / team has complications as well. In these instances, it is easy for us to have our say / point of view but as with all HR and business in general, unless you know the facts and have all the information in front of you, you are not able to claim that your view is correct and reasonable! Also, depending on who’s view you listen to, whether this be the Government or the Unions, you will have your stance but we need to remember negotiation and best practice HR within your company can help to ensure that issues such as these are kept to a minimum and members of the team made to feel part of the business and the decisions that are made and fully understand why they are being made and that their views matter”
NEWS ARTICLE – PM working on ‘tough’ new anti-strike laws:-
Rishi Sunak said on Wednesday that he would bring in “new tough laws” to protect people from strike disruption. He told MPs that if “union leaders continue to be unreasonable, then it is my duty to take action to protect the lives and livelihoods of the British public.” The Prime Minister’s pledge came as the PCS union said Border Force staff would join a wave of strikes this Christmas. A bill has been introduced to Parliament which would ensure minimum service levels on transport networks during strikes, but it is yet to be debated by MPs and peers. Downing Street said the legislation would be extended to other services but would not specify what these would be, and no timescale was given. Meanwhile, the Labour Party has said it will repeal the 2016 Trade Union Act if it comes to power, making it easier for unions to take industrial action. Elsewhere, senior military figures have told the government that Armed Forces personnel should not have to sacrifice their Christmas to cover for striking public sector workers who earn more than them. Bringing in soldiers also risks weakening the “operational capability” of the military to respond to threats, ministers were told.