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
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’
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
By Areeq Chowdhury. There seems to be an inconsistency in the Government's stance relating to the use of online voting in trade union strike ballots. The Government has, so far, rejected calls by trade union leaders to allow members to vote online in strike ballots despite them being 'open' to online voting for future elections … Continue reading Online voting: One rule for political parties, another rule for trade unions?
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