The government is trying to introduce anti-union legislation in the coming weeks.
The upshot is if workers democratically vote to strike, they could be forced to work and sacked if they don’t.
The petition HERE now has over 200,00 signatures.
These new laws are a direct attack on working people’s fundamental right to strike to defend their pay, terms and conditions, says the TUC.
The TUC adds: “As the cost-of-living crisis continues to hurt workers everywhere, we need to be able to stand together and choose to strike when we must. These laws will do nothing to fix this crisis – they will make it even harder for working people to get pay rises.
“Every working person is under attack from these new laws. Add your name and join the campaign. We must defend the right to strike.”
According to Open Democracy the UK’s controversial anti-strike law could hinder attempts to resolve the deadlock over Northern Ireland after MEPs were today urged to ensure protection for workers as a condition of trade negotiations.
The UK government has argued that introducing minimum service levels will bring the UK closer to those of other European countries.
However, Jan Willem Goudriaan, General Secretary of the EPSU public services federation called this argument ‘total nonsense’, reports Left Foot Forward.
He slammed the UK government saying: “This ignores the fact that the UK is a complete outlier in the excessive rules on ballots and voting thresholds that it has imposed on public service workers.
“It is also ignoring that in countries like Italy or Spain, that it chooses as comparisons, guarantee a right to strike in their constitutions and a right to negotiate minimum service levels rather than have them imposed.”