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Strike laws 'should be a compromise'

The government should be looking for compromises in disputes that could lead to strikes.

06 September 2011

Erring on the side of compromise is the best way to prevent industrial action from taking place.

This is according to Nick Squire, employment partner, and Elizabeth Graves, senior associate, in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's employment, pensions and benefits team, who told HR Magazine that the law is a "key weapon" when it comes to protests.

They added that it is up to the government to balance the interests of employers and workers in order to minimise the impact of demonstrations, possibly utilising strike negotiations.

Many unions have shown their dissatisfaction at plans that could see regulations concerning taking to the picket line being toughened up, such as an increase in the level of support needed before it is considered lawful.

The writers observed that the UK currently trails Germany, the US and Japan in terms of days lost over the issue, so progress can be made.

It comes after one-third of the workforce at Omagh Meats took strike action over plans to restructure staff levels.

Posted by Ron Maverick

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