UK sets out planned change to law to minimize impact of strikes

023, Jun 2022

LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - The British government set out planned changes to the law on Thursday that would make it easier for businesses to use temporary staff to minimize the impact of strike action.

Britain's rail network was brought close to a standstill on Tuesday as 40,000 workers walked out in a dispute over pay and trade unions have warned the country faces a summer of disruption as workers struggling with the mounting cost of living threaten industrial action.

LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - The British government set out planned changes to the law on Thursday that would make it easier for businesses to use temporary staff to minimize the impact of strike action.


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Britain's rail network was brought close to a standstill on Tuesday as 40,000 workers walked out in a dispute over pay and trade unions have warned the country faces a summer of disruption as workers struggling with the mounting cost of living threaten industrial action.

"Repealing these 1970s-era restrictions will give businesses the freedom to access fully skilled staff at speed, all while allowing people to get on with their lives uninterrupted to help keep the economy ticking."

Businesses will need to ensure they hire temporary workers with the necessary skills and qualifications for the roles they are covering, the government said.

The change in law, which is subject to parliamentary approval, would apply across all sectors across England, Scotland, and Wales and would come into force in the coming weeks, the government said.

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It also said it would also raise the maximum damages that courts can award against a union when strike action is found to be unlawful.

For the biggest unions, the maximum damages would rise to 1 million pounds ($1.23 million) from 250,000 pounds. - reuters

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