“Trade union rights are democratic rights,” said Ruth Cashman of the Right to Strike campaign . “No other voluntary organisations in society face as much interference in their internal affairs as trade unions. It is the height of hypocrisy for a government elected by just 24% of the public to tell us that we need a minimum turnout to carry out our democratic decisions. If they want to make trade unions more democratic they introduce legislation to allow us to have workplace ballots and electronic ballots.”
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WEDNESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER
RIGHT TO STRIKE SERVE AN INJUNCTION ON SAVID JAVID
Trade unionists and campaigners for the right to strike today took a high court judge to serve an injunction on Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Business and the sponsor of the Trade Union Bill.
Employers often take out injunctions against strike ballots they think break the law.
Protesters took the high court judge to Sajid Javid’s offices at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in London. They asked to see Mr. Javid but were told he was out of town.
Sajid Javid was elected on 38.3% of the electorate in the 2015 general election (1), and his government on 24%, yet the Trade Union Bill demands that strike ballots for key workers get a 40% yes vote from all those eligable to vote.
Right to Strike (2) will also be organising a protest outside Parliament at 6pm on Monday 14th September as the Trade Union Bill is being debated in Parliament that day.