Protect the right to strike

The Tories’ Minimum Service Levels legislation will mean that when workers lawfully vote to strike, they could be forced to attend work – and sacked if they don’t comply.

Analysis by the TUC warns that the right to strike of a massive 1 in 5 workers is under threat from this law. That’s 5.5 million workers. The bill was passed as law 20-7-23.

We took a coach to the Protect the Right to Strike: national TUC march and rally in Cheltenham on Saturday, January 27, 2024. March through town centre from Montpellier Gardens to Pittville Park, rally at Pittville Park; speakers included:

sacked GCHQ trade unionists – Paul Nowak, TU Congress Gen Sec – Sharon Graham UNITE Gen Sec – Mark Sewotka PCS Gen Sec – Christina McAnea UNISON Gen Sec – Mick Lynch RMT Gen Sec – Mick Whelan ASLEF Gen Sec + other union speakers

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new briefing on the Strikes (Minimum Services Levels) Act written by Professor Keith Ewing and Lord John Hendy KC, President and Chair of the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) download it here.

The special Congress resolved that we will continue to fight for their right to strike. And for the right of every worker to strike. We will defy this government and we will get this unjust law repealed.

TUC General Council statement to special Congress, 9 December 2023 re ongoing campaign against minimum service levels (MSLs):

On Wednesday 1 February 2023 local rallies took place under the banner of Protect the Right to Strike, as part of a national day of action organised by the TUC, the striking unions and with the assistance of trades union councils with support of Midlands TUC.

  • Wolverhampton: 1pm march from Wolverhampton train station followed by rally in Queen’s Sq
  • Birmingham: Centenary Sq assemble 11-30, rally noon-1-30pm B1 2DR
  • Chesterfield: New Sq, S40 1AH 11.00
  • Coventry: Broadgate 11.00
  • Derby: Cathedral Green 10.00
  • Leicester: Jubilee Sq 10.00
  • Nottingham: Carrington St 11.00
  • Stoke: CWU, ST1 4EP 7.00pm
  • Walsall: Art Gallery, Walsall town centre 12.00
  • Worcester rally 11am-noon St Peter’s Baptist Church, Worcester 
  • West Midlands Regional Rally 6-30pm Birmingham organised by Midlands Trades Union Congress.

Our right to strike is under attack. Rishi Sunak’s new anti-union legislation means that when workers democratically vote to strike, they could be forced to work and sacked if they don’t.

That’s wrong, unworkable, and almost certainly illegal. These new laws are a direct attack on working people’s fundamental right to strike to defend their pay, terms and conditions. Trade unions will fight this every step of the way.

We’re inviting every worker – public and private sector, and everyone who wants to protect our liberties – to be a part of our campaign to defend the right to strike.