Truss pledged to limit the ability of trade unions to ‘cripple our economy’

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iz Truss has promised to do “everything in her power” to ensure “militant action” by trade unions does not further “paralyze” the economy if she contests the Tory leadership. Wins.

The Secretary of State announced a number of measures aimed at preventing trade unions from disrupting strategic rail routes and other national services.

If she becomes prime minister in early September, Ms Truss said her government would introduce legislation to guarantee minimum services on critical national infrastructure within the first 30 days of parliament.

Minimum thresholds, including staffing levels, will be determined with each industry.

I will do everything in my power to ensure that militant action by trade unions no longer affects the vital services that working people rely on.

It will also ensure significant support for strike action by union members by raising the minimum threshold for voting in favor of strike action from 40% to 50%.

The minimum notice period for strike action will be increased from two weeks to four weeks, and a cooling-off period will be introduced so that unions cannot strike as many times as they want in the six-month period following the ballot.

Ms Truss will also end members receiving tax-free payments from trade unions on days they are on strike.

He said: “We need tough and decisive action to limit the ability of trade unions to cripple our economy.

“I will do everything in my power to ensure that militant action by trade unions no longer affects the vital services that working people rely on.”

A spokesperson for the campaign said: “Liz is committed to standing up for people who work hard and do the right thing.

“For too long, trade unionists have been able to hold the country to ransom with the threat of industrial action.

“The measures he announced today will finally allow the government to take back control from the trade union barons and deliver the economic growth we need to put money back into the pockets of hard-working families.”

A member of staff waits by ticket barriers at Waterloo station, London, during a nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union in June (Dominic Lipinski/PA) / PA Wire

Ms Truss’s pledge comes as rail services are set to be hit hard on Wednesday, with thousands of workers staging a fresh strike in a bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) and 14 train operators at Network Rail will walk out, disrupting services across the UK.

Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy leader and shadow secretary of state for the future of work, said: “Liz Truss is trying to blame nobody but herself for the mess the Conservatives have made over the last 12 years. .

“Her latest Tory fantasy is dangerously far from reality and ignores the stubborn reality that she has sat around the cabinet table for almost a decade, raising low wages, disrupting public services. has been given and anger at the heart of the government.

“As we have seen with government plans to break strikes with agency workers, these plans are unworkable, will only further undermine the rights of working people and inflame industrial relations at a critical time.”

TUC general secretary Francis O’Grady said of the proposals: “The right to strike is an important British freedom.

“Threatening the right to strike means that working people lose the power to bargain for better pay and conditions.

“Instead of scorning working people and their unions, the candidates should be planning to raise wages again. That’s the way to deal with a cost-of-living emergency.”

Truss is proposing to outlaw effective trade unionism in Britain and deprive working people of an important democratic right.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Liz Truss’s proposals are the biggest attack on trade union and civil rights since trade unions were legalized in 1871.

“Truss is proposing to outlaw effective trade unionism in the UK and take away a vital democratic right of working people.

“If these proposals become law, the general strike of 1926 will be the greatest resistance from the entire trade union movement, rivaling the Suffragettes and Chartism.”