Sunday, 21 April 2013

Tories urge PM ‘do a Maggie’ to end union vote chaos

Tories last night demanded tough new Thatcher-style laws to stop unions wreaking summer strike chaos.

Militants are plotting a crippling mass walkout — despite some stoppages being supported by just 17 PER CENT of members.

Now London Mayor Boris Johnson has joined calls for the PM to ban strikes unless they are backed by 50 per cent of those entitled to vote.

He told The Sun: “The idea that a strike can be called by a majority of those that vote, rather than a majority of all those balloted, is farcical.

“It often results in a strike backed by just one in 10 members, antagonising commuters and costing billions.
“I’d urge the Government to act with Thatcherite zeal and legislate against strikes supported by less than half of all union members.”

TUC union barons meet on Wednesday to discuss plans for Britain’s first general stoppage since 1926. But Tory MP Dominic Raab rapped: “Margaret Thatcher injected a dose of democracy into unions to empower their members.
“We now face a hot summer of discontent. It’s time we had extra safeguards to protect the hard-working majority from this militant minority.”
Fellow Tory Priti Patel added: “Legislation could put workers’ rights above the vested interests of the Left and union barons.”

Teachers, London Tube staff and civil servants all plan summer industrial action. But none has majority backing — with the Whitehall strike backed by just 17 per cent of PCS union members.

Last night a Government source said of the crackdown calls: “If unions push irresponsible action, the suggestions are harder to resist.” But TUC chief Frances O’Grady said it would be “hypocritical” as MPs do not need 50 per cent of voters’ support.

Lady Thatcher smashed the unions’ stranglehold on 1980s Britain with laws demanding secret ballots and axeing closed shops and flying pickets. The Sun Says — Page 14

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