Employment Law Update - Government response: intimidation of workers

Published: 26/11/2015

The Government has issued its response to the recent consultation on tackling the intimidation of non-striking workers.

The consultation proposed a number of measures to be introduced alongside the Trade Union Bill to tackle intimidatory tactics adopted by unions and their members on picket lines and during industrial disputes. Measures included a requirement for unions to publish details of planned protests in advance and the introduction of new criminal sanctions.

Following the consultation, the Government has decided not to proceed with the majority of its proposals. Certain amendments will be made to the Bill to clarify the new rules applying to picket supervisors. In addition, the existing Code of Practice on Picketing will be revised and updated to set out the rights and responsibilities of parties involved in industrial disputes. It will include guidance on how to seek redress for those who have been subjected to online intimidation.

A copy of the consultation response is available here.

The content of this article is for general information only. For further information on this topic, please contact a member of Birketts' employment team. Law covered as at November 2015.

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