From the TUC

Calling Cameron’s bluff on strike votes

25 Jul 2014, By

Annoyed at the public service strike in July, David Cameron has announced a whole raft of Conservative manifesto proposals that could stop any workers taking strike action again.

He wants to see strike ballots only succeed where there’s a turnout over 50%. He also wants to criminalise peaceful picketing, force unions to hand more private data to employers, and give employers more opportunity to get injunctions to prevent strikes in the courts.

Cameron’s rationale for these draconian proposals is that many union ballots only get a low turnout, with the majority of members not returning their votes.

But if he’s so serious about making sure strikes have majority support, why won’t he allow unions to use online voting?

Union ballots are currently regulated by 1992 legislation – long before most people were thinking about online – and it’s stopping many people from getting involved. The last government made provision for this to be updated, but the Coalition has never taken the last step to activate the regulations that are waiting to be used.

Unions know that giving people an extra chance to vote in a way that’s appropriate to them, on computer or mobile, will get turnouts up – rather than solely relying on a postal form that gets binned along with the junk mail or forgotten til it’s too late.

It’s a common sense proposal, but is it being held back because it’s inconvenient to the PM’s argument that only repressive restrictions can improve the accountability of strike votes? Is David Cameron trying to use this issue to cut our rights by the back door, and permanently shift the balance of power to those at the very top?

So Mr Cameron, if you really care about strike vote turnouts, why don’t you just enable unions to fix the problem themselves by using online voting?

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15 Responses to Calling Cameron’s bluff on strike votes

  1. Kevin Lowe
    Jul 25th 2014, 11:06 am

    Ad me to the campaign

  2. Derek McNulty
    Jul 25th 2014, 11:27 am

    One law for the rich , and one law for the poor , cutting more rights for the workers , Thatcher in a male form !

  3. Sian Bloor
    Jul 25th 2014, 12:00 pm

    We have to cling on to any rights we have left before they have gone all together. In the past, people have fought and died for their employment rights and their rights to strike. It’s one rule for them and one for everyone else! Well we need to show them that the power is still in the hands of the people – count me in!

  4. Ray Leonard
    Jul 25th 2014, 12:08 pm

    This must be fought head on. The right to strike was hard fought for, and must be defended at all costs.

  5. Norma Partingto
    Jul 25th 2014, 11:45 pm

    E.petition would be useful here me thinks.

  6. Norma Partington.
    Jul 25th 2014, 11:47 pm

    It is amazing how hostile people get when they are worried. Sufferage is backed by this condem bully boys and girls

  7. Roger Haworth
    Jul 26th 2014, 11:51 am

    This is a flagrant attack on democracy and must be challenged.

  8. Iain Robertson
    Jul 26th 2014, 12:33 pm

    They dont want this because the next logical step is online voting in the general election..god forbid that the democratic process becomes simpler heaven only knows where that wil lead

  9. Lady Pamela Reid
    Jul 26th 2014, 3:33 pm

    Add me to this.

  10. John Bolger
    Jul 26th 2014, 5:22 pm

    Unfortunately union members play into the hands of the government by their apathy to voting. Fortunately most non voters still take part in strike action, but they need to be educated in the importance of voting to show solidarity.

  11. Wendy Irwin
    Jul 26th 2014, 7:06 pm

    We need to be able to give our voice, take that away and we have a dictatorship. Governments should be happy to represent ALL people not stifle them; striking is a last resort, take it away and we have no voice. Online voting is the way forward, let’s move with the times.

  12. Ian Lawther
    Jul 26th 2014, 9:56 pm

    The hypocrisy of the Tories is never ending. Their message is clear. Workers should do as they are told, they should have no rights and the rule of the bosses should be absolute.

    The time has returned to stand shoulder to shoulder against the onslaught against worker’s rights, to demand the rights our predecessors fought so long and hard for. The right to meaningful negotiations and ultimately to withdraw our labour if all else fails. The right to consult our fellow workers and union members is at the heart of this. We need to demand a modernisation of the way we can vote in statutory ballots.

    An alternative voting system may help increase the ballot turnout but we all need to promote the importance of members using their vote.

  13. Andy Roach
    Jul 26th 2014, 10:18 pm

    Just because something is difficult to do should not mean stop doing it. Every union member should vote. No excuses.

  14. Steven Heyward
    Jul 27th 2014, 11:55 am

    If Cameron wants 50% turn out then he ought to ensure that governments have a higher turn out. Only reason he is PM because the Lib Dem lot got into bed with the Tories. :-)

  15. Lorraine Mason
    Jul 30th 2014, 11:06 am

    Come on Cameron stop having your head so far up your a#$* and wearing it like a hat ……