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Right to secondary strikes in coming labour disputes?


patslatt

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See last five paragraphs Maggie and I created the anti-strike laws that let Britain prosper. Now Europe threatens to destroy them. Welcome to a new era of discontent | Mail Online

With the Troika demanding pay cuts for the public sector in a report leaked to the Irish Independent,public sector strikes look inevitable. In the case of the semistate Bus Eireann,the union leadership warned that a threatened strike by bus drivers could be joined by the railways in a secondary strike which presumably could inflict travel chaos. This could set a precedent for public sector strikes,for example hospital electricians striking in support of hospital porters. Could the government ban such secondary strikes or counter them effectively under Irish and EU laws?

Thatcher's government outlawed secondary picketing and secondary strikes against parties not directly involved in strikes,with potentially ruinous fines preventing such strikes. However,the strike by baggage handlers in British Airways a few years ago in support of striking cabin crews may have set a precedent in diluting such laws.
 
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