One of the unions behind the public sector strike has dismissed Conservative calls for tougher rules on strike ballots as "utter hypocrisy". Many Tory MPs now want a requirement for strikes to be backed by more than half the workforce, not just the majority of those who actually vote in a ballot.
Unite said its research showed that no Tory MP was elected with the votes of over 50% of the electorate. The union claimed that the Welsh Secretary, David Jones, had the least backing of any cabinet member, with just 27% support in his Clwyd West constituency.
It is utter hypocrisy for the government to talk about mandates for trade unions when not a single member of the present cabinet would have been elected using the same criteria. This government has no mandate to attack trade unions or the workers who have been forced to take industrial action today in their fight to end poverty pay.
– Unite general secretary Len McCluskey
Britain’s anti-trade union laws are already amongst the most restrictive in Europe. Tory attempts to further curtail the rights of working people to democratically organise risks placing Cameron’s Britain alongside nations like Kazakhstan, Albania and Niger where the right for public servants to take action is forbidden.