Tory government is reported to UN over anti-strikes law. So what?

Strike: under the Conservative government’s new law, some of these strikers would probably have to work while their colleagues took industrial action – or lose their jobs legally. It might go against international laws, but does anybody really think the Tories care?

Does anybody really think anything useful will come of the Trades Union Congress reporting the UK’s Tory government to the United Nations’ watchdog on workers’ rights over a new law?

The Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act will require some people to work during industrial action – including people in the rail industry and emergency services – or face being sacked.

The TUC reckons this “anti-strikes law” is unworkable and may be illegal.

The government has responded with a claim that the law protects the lives and livelihoods of the general public, ensuring that people can still access vital public service during strikes.

there would be no automatic protection from unfair dismissal for an employee who is told to work through a notice but chooses to strike.

If a strike is not conducted in accordance with the new rules, employers would be also be able to sue unions for losses.

This Writer would like to know how having this reported to the United Nations would make anything better.

The UN is a paper tiger – it can’t force national governments to do anything at all, as we discovered when it found against the Tories over their treatment of disabled people (and, if I remember this correctly, the bedroom tax).

There seems no point in appealing to that organisation.

Even if the UN finds against the Tories, it seems the TUC will do a lot of work for nothing more than a public relations victory. Am I wrong?

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  1. Caron Choates September 12, 2023 at 6:46 am - Reply

    This Government has to be challenged. All the changes the they are making will have to be reversed by the next Government. Hopefully it will be Labour that’s next in power with a healthy majority.

    • Mike Sivier September 14, 2023 at 11:28 am - Reply

      Why on Earth do you think Labour under Keir Starmer would reverse anything the Tories have done?

      Labour SUPPORTS all these changes!

      For your own sake, you need to vote for somebody else. Find a politician or party with policies that will actually help you. Do it now.

  2. Hecuba September 12, 2023 at 9:50 am - Reply

    Fascist tories ignore the law whenever it suits their fascist agenda so what are the TUC supposed to do? At least reporting the fascist criminal tories to the UN’s watchdog on worker rights will show the fascist tories not everyone is prepared to accept these illegal acts.

    The TUC have publicised this latest fascist tory illegal act and for the present that is all they can do given the fascist tories are the dictators still in power!

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