The new government plans to make it harder for employees to strike. Here’s how

Proposals will make it harder for unions to call a strike

He was appointed only yesterday, but the new Business Secretary Sajid Javid has already laid out plans to make it harder for employees to strike.

Bosses will be pleased to hear the government plans to make “some significant changes” to the way strikes can be called.

He said unions planning to strike would need “a minimum threshold of turnout of 50% of those entitled to vote” in the strike ballot.

Javid said: “We’ve also said that, when it comes to essential public services, at least 40% of people need to vote for strike action.”

Sajid Javid MP

Sajid Javid MP

It’s not clear whether he’s including public transport in this – though in the past the prime minister has said he would not rule out banning strikes on the Tube.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Javid said his predecessor former Lib Dem MP Vince Cable had done “a good job” and “worked very, very hard”.

Commenting on Cable losing his Twickenham seat to Tory candidate Tania Mathias, Javid said: “I feel sorry for him and that.”

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