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CBI REACTS TO VINCE CABLE’S SPEECH ON TRADE UNIONS
Neil Carberry, CBI Director for Employment, said:
“There is a strong case for modernising the law on industrial relations to reflect the way workplaces have changed, with just 14% of private sector staff now members of unions.
“We hope that union leaders will work constructively with employers to avoid strikes, because the number one priority should be securing the recovery.
“Strikes should always be a last resort, but the Government needs a contingency plan to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum in the event of industrial action. Our proposals include giving the public more notice before a strike goes ahead and allowing businesses to hire agency workers directly to cover striking workers.”
Further details on the CBI’s proposals for modernising industrial relations law, including raising the threshold before strikes can go ahead to 40% of the balloted workforce, as well as a simple majority, can be found in the CBI report Keeping the Wheels Turning at: http://www.cbi.org.uk/ndbs/press.nsf/0363c1f07c6ca12a8025671c00381cc7/a1b868b57283cfd7802577ae002dfe0e
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