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

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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

Unite leader urges PM to introduce online voting for trade union strike ballots

Len McCluskey, leader of the UK's largest trade union, Unite, has written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to introduce online voting for trade union strike ballots. In a compromise on the Government's new legislation to introduce minimum voter turnouts in strike ballots of 50%, McCluskey said if the Prime Minister allows online voting, … Continue reading Unite leader urges PM to introduce online voting for trade union strike ballots