Repeal of sections 227-235 inclusive of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and their replacement with a simpler, less prescriptive code drawn up in consultation with trade union membership.

Why is this idea important?

It has become apparent, in particular over the past 12 months, that the provisions of the 1992 Act in relation to the conduct of ballots for industrial action are overly-prescriptive and too open to judicial action. Key examples have been the injunctions served in relation to industrial action at British Airways and Network Rail over highly technical and very limited irregularities in the conduct of the ballot, which could not have had any material effect on the ballot's outcome. These regulations are now being frequently interpreted by the courts in a manner which infringes on the rights of trade unions and their members.

The right to withdraw labour in response to threats to working conditions, rights and financial renumeration is at the core of any functioning liberal democracy. These regulations interefere with that right, and are in urgent need of updating and reducing in their impact.

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