15 July 2015
The bill which began its journey into law by being presented into the House of Commons by business secretary Sajid Javid this afternoon, represents the biggest attack on trade unions and industrial action in 30 years. It is one of the final pieces of legislation to be presented before the parliamentary summer recess next Tuesday.
Under the proposals the Tories plan to:
Javid would not have been elected if the same rules applied to him.
In his own Bromsgrove constituency in May's general election he was supported by just 38.3% of the 74,000 people eligible to vote in his seat.
PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said: "It is rank hypocrisy to introduce arbitrary restrictions on union ballots that will not apply to MPs, MEPs, councillors and police commissioners, and they will have no legitimacy when they scrape through parliament on a wafer thin majority.
"We have repeatedly asked ministers to work with us to make it easier for people to vote in workplaces and using technology, and they have refused. This is not an attack on trade unions, it is an attack on society as a whole, as we know that weaker unions means greater inequality."