Knight Review recommends pilots of online voting for trade unions

Sir Ken Knight's independent review into e-balloting for trade unions has recommended pilots of online voting be undertaken. Welcoming the recommendation, WebRoots Democracy says it could "pave the way" for online voting in elections. Writing in the report, Sir Ken Knight said: "Owing to the number of unanswered questions surrounding e-balloting I am not persuaded … Continue reading Knight Review recommends pilots of online voting for trade unions

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Online voting for industrial action is “long and unfairly overdue”

The UK Government has announced details of the independent review into online voting for trade union strike ballots, which was secured as part of the 2016 Trade Union Act. The review will be undertaken by former Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England, Sir Ken Knight CBE QFSM. The Knight Review will examine certain issues … Continue reading Online voting for industrial action is “long and unfairly overdue”

UK Government to hold independent review on online strike ballots

The UK Government is to commission an independent review into the use of online voting for trade union strike ballots following a recent vote in the House of Commons on the controversial Trade Union Bill. MPs voted 312 - 260 in favour of an amendment to the Bill setting out that a review into the … Continue reading UK Government to hold independent review on online strike ballots

Government defeated in the House of Lords on online strike ballots

The UK Government has been defeated in the House of Lords by 320 votes to 181 on an amendment to the Trade Union Bill to allow for a review of online voting for strike ballots, also known as 'e-balloting.' The Trade Union Bill which has been put forward by the Government to make changes to … Continue reading Government defeated in the House of Lords on online strike ballots

Lord Kerslake: Online voting is ‘more secure than postal’

The former Head of the UK Civil Service, crossbench Peer, and President of the Local Government Association, Lord Kerslake has suggested that online balloting is more secure than postal ballots in a piece written for the Guardian newspaper. Arguing the case against proposals to bar trade unions using online voting for strike ballots, Kerslake said: "The … Continue reading Lord Kerslake: Online voting is ‘more secure than postal’

TUC/YouGov poll: Majority of British public support online strike ballots

The majority of the British public say that the use of electronic balloting to vote for industrial action is appropriate, according to a poll commissioned from YouGov and published by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).  It comes ahead of the second reading of the Trade Union Bill in the House of Lords. More than half (53%) … Continue reading TUC/YouGov poll: Majority of British public support online strike ballots

Vince Cable backs online voting for trade union strike ballots

Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, Vince Cable has called for the introduction of online voting for trade union strike ballots. The announcement comes after criticism from the Conservative Party that strikes go ahead despite low turnouts.  The Conservatives have instead called for the introduction of minimum thresholds. The Business Secretary is launching a special task force … Continue reading Vince Cable backs online voting for trade union strike ballots