06 November 2015 #Employment
On 15 July 2015, the government published the Trade Union Bill 2015-16 and published a Consultation on tackling intimidation of non-striking workers to seek views on proposed reform of the law relating to picketing and protests in order to address intimidation and so-called "leverage tactics" by unions.
This week, BIS published the government's response, confirming that the government is not pursuing the majority of its proposals, including plans:
The Government will, however, update the Code of Practice on Picketing to clarify the legal protections already available to those who suffer intimidation in relation to industrial action, and introduce new guidance on how to seek redress if such intimidation takes place using social media.
Plus, it will proceed with its proposal to introduce a legal requirement for unions to appoint a picket supervisor, who will have responsibility for the conduct of a picket. The picket supervisor will be required to hold a letter of authority, but the Government intends to amend the Trade Union Bill to clarify that the only person with the right to see the letter will be the employer or its agent and that the letter need not include the picket supervisor’s name.