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    Boris Johnson and CBI call for tougher laws on strikes

    The Mayor of London and the CBI have called for changes to the law governing strikes to make it harder for workers to take industrial action.

    Boris Johnson wants the government to introduce legislation preventing action unless at least 50% of union members in a workplace take part in a ballot.

    Meanwhile, the employers' body wants a minimum of 40% of union members balloted to be in favour of a strike.

    The mayor's call coincides with a 24-hour strike on London Underground.

    As the law stands, industrial action can take place even if only 1% of those polled respond - as long as there is a majority in favour.

    The calls come as union leaders are urging mass action against the government's planned spending cuts.

    'Business as usual'

    Mr Johnson insists a law is needed to stop union leaders calling what he describes as capricious strikes on a minority turnout.

    The CBI is concerned about what it sees as the re-emergence of unofficial wildcat strikes, sparked by use of social networking sites.

    In a new report, Keeping The Wheels Turning: Modernising The Legal Framework of Industrial Relations, the CBI outlined further measures it says would modernise employment relations legislation.

    These also include allowing firms to recruit agency staff to cover for striking workers - at present they can hire temporary staff but cannot go through an agency to do this.

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    Let's hope that their calls are heeded by the government! I'm sure many would disagree, but I'll like to see the laws on strikes toughened to the point that the only legal reason for a strike would be a complete breakdown in discussions with management relating to reasonable claims for a change in working conditions within a single company only. No wildcat strikes and no 'sympathy' strikes, not even within other divisions within the same group of companies unless they'd undergone exactly the same procedures.
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    Re: Boris Johnson and CBI call for tougher laws on strikes

    Boris is right - the unions need to be confronted; not reasoned with.

    If you want an object lesson in how to deal with the tube unions recall how President Reagan dealt with the American air traffic controllers strike in the 1980s.

    20. The Air Traffic Controllers' Strike

    All of the strikers were sacked and never re-employed in the public sector and many of the union leaders were imprisoned. PATCO the air traffic controllers union was bankrupted by millions of dollars worth of fines and eventually de-certified as a union. The planes flew on time throughout the dispute. After the flight the CAA discovered they could manage US air traffic with 20% fewer staff then were employed in days of PATCO.

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