It seems the Tories had included plans to make picketing workers give their names to the authorities in their Trade Union Bill – without realising that this would make it possible for firms to illegally blacklist strikers.
Do you believe that?
It seems the government will also ensure that there are no rules ordering unions to give police two weeks’ notice before posting social media messages about strike action.
That doesn’t stop the Trade Union Bill from severely restricting the rights of working people in the UK.
And the Tories say they are the Party of Freedom; of Choice.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid has dropped plans to gag striking workers in a significant climb down.
The Government had planned to force trade unionists to give the police two weeks’ notice before posting messages on Facebook and Twitter about strike action.
The measures in the Trade Unions Bill had been branded “Franco-ist” by the former Tory minister David Davis MP.
But the Department for Business says it will no longer press ahead with the measure.
Minister Nick Boles said: “The Government has no intention of making every individual on the picket line give their names to the authorities.
“Nor do we want to stop strikers using social media or require them to seek police approval for Tweets before they are posted.
“There is also nothing in the Bill that facilitates the illegal practice of blacklisting.
“However, to remove all doubt we will table amendments to the picketing clause of the Bill that clarify our intentions.”
Dave Ward, general secretary of the Communication Workers Union, said it was a tactical move and did not change the substance of the Bill which will make strike action almost impossible.
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