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Right to Strike?

Christine

| 3 Posts

Chartered Member

30 Jun, 2014 11:59

I work for a local government authority. The GMB strike has been announced for 10 July. 

the 20 or so GMB members we have in our workforce were not ballotted on the proposed national strike action, in response to the national increase in salaries.

Our staff are employed on local terms, and pay, and have received in excess of the national pay increases. 

Do they still havt the right to strike?

  • Keith

    | 9224 Posts

    Chartered Fellow

    30 Jun, 2014 12:54

    The rules and regulations around strike ballots, notifications and such like are really complicated now - you will have seen no doubt in teh press from time to time Companies getting last minute court orders preventing strikes due to some (often minor) infringement of the regulations.

    But at first glance if you havent been notified by the GMB, arent covered by the general notification and your staff werent balloted (how do you know by the way?) then they are probably not covered by the ballot and therefore by the "right" to strike protected by the legislation.

    However you need to think carefully about what you are trying to achieve here and how to manage the situation. Far better to discuss the situation with your workforce and see where they are at and if you can work through a solution with them than relying on a legalistic approach to this right or not.

    BTW welcome to the communities.

  • Harvey Bennett

    | 1567 Posts

    Chartered Fellow

    30 Jun, 2014 13:47

    I had a similar situation many years ago. It was resolved by the union members spending 5 minutes outside the factory gates 'on strike' before coming in to work a normal day. All parties were satisfied that industrial relations obligations had been met.
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