Responding to the anti-strike bill being introduced to Parliament today, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:
“This is an attack on human rights and civil liberties which we will oppose in the courts, Parliament and the workplace.
“One of the most important things in any democratic society is to have free trade unions.
“This law could make effective strike action illegal, and workers may be sacked for exercising their right to withdraw their labour.
“The only reason this draconian legislation is being introduced is because the government have lost the argument and want to punish workers for having the temerity to demand decent pay and working conditions.
“The government’s own impact assessment of minimum service levels shows it wouldn’t work. They would be better off coming to a negotiated settlement with unions through dialogue.”