The UK wants to limit the right to strike only to cases where negotiations have failed

As strikes over wages have multiplied for months in the country in the face of record high inflation, British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, announced on Friday 23 September that the government will limit the right to strike in cases where negotiations between unions and employers have “truly failed”.

“We will legislate to force unions to make wage offers [faites par les employeurs] to a vote among their members. before they can go on strike, Mr Kwarteng explained during a budget presentation to the British Parliament. it is “Guarantee that strikes can only be called when negotiations have really failed”he told British MPs.

The Minister of Finance also announced the government’s intention to create a minimum service for “prevent the unions from crippling the transport network”as they already do “other European countries”he reasoned.

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Multiplication of strike movements

The former Conservative government had already introduced a law allowing the use of temps to replace striking employees. That drew the ire of many unions, who earlier this week announced legal action against the measure.

Railway workers, but also postal workers, dock workers, criminal lawyers or garbage collectors have multiplied strike movements since June, but several unions had decreed a pause in their movements during the period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The moves pick up again in the face of forty-year high inflation across the channel, at 9.9% year-on-year in August, the highest in the G7.

A strike by train drivers will resume in early October, while dock workers at the English port of Felixstowe are planning another week-long strike between late September and early October due to the failure of their case. during a similar movement in August.

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The world with AFP

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