New strike laws unveiled by Grant Shapps – watch as he says there’s a need to “protect lives”
Business Secretary Grant Shapps has set out plans to enforce minimum service levels during strike action, including for ambulance staff, firefighters and railway workers.
Under the bill, some employees would be required to work during strikes and could be sacked if they refuse.
Mr Shapps said the aim was to protect lives and livelihoods.
But unions said the proposed bill was “undemocratic, unworkable, and almost certainly illegal”.
And Labour said it would repeal the legislation if it wins the next general election.
The new bill, published on Tuesday, comes amid a wave of industrial action. This across public services, with unions calling for pay increases to keep up with the rising cost of living.
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