About 40% of rail services will run during strikes under planned minimum service rules for train operators in Great Britain, the government has said. Ministers are hoping the legislation will come into effect before Christmas. It will also specify minimum service levels for ambulance workers in England and border security staff in England, Wales and Scotland. Under the new law, employers will be able to issue notices to people “who are reasonably required to work to ensure minimum service levels are met,” the government said. It will also make unions “take reasonable steps and ensure their members who are identified with a work notice comply” – with the statutory guidance set out by the Department for Business and Trade following a consultation. The TUC’s general secretary, Paul Nowak, said: “These anti-strike laws won’t work. The crisis in our public services is of the government’s own making. Rather than engaging constructively with unions, they are attacking the right to strike. And they are punishing paramedics and rail staff for daring to stand up for decent pay and better services.”
Our HR comment: – UK to legislate for minimum service levels during rail strikes | Consensus HR | Herts, Beds
Matthew P Chilcott, FCIPD, ACEL, Owner of Consensus HR comments: “With Christmas approaching as I write this, is this the answer to deal with strikes? Our current Government believes so. At Consensus HR, one of the main areas of HR that we are continually supporting out clients and their teams with, is employee relations. This is one of the most important areas of any business who are fortunate enough to have a team and managing them for the success of the business and them can sometimes be extremely hard. Business owners and managers need to consult, consult and consult to find an amicable way forward or as in this instance with the railways, the inevitable may happen, Strikes, which are not the answer for the team or the business and its customers.”
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