UK union reforms

The Telegraph reports:

Britain’s biggest trade are considering legal action against reforms to strike ballots and political funding due to be published by the government within days.

Lawyers at GMB and Unite are looking into whether Conservative plans to ban all strikes not backed by 40 per cent of members break European Union laws.

It comes amid fury that the Tories are using their newfound majority to launch a “perfect storm on the Left” to undermine the union movement and lock Labour out of power for a decade.

Labour’s most important source of funding will be challenged within days as the Conservatives unveil plans to reform how trade unions give money to parties.

The Tories are expected to demand that trade union members “opt in” to agreeing money from their membership is directed into political funds.

In NZ I’d have a simple rule – only natural persons may join and vote in political parties.

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