The UK will allow striking employees to be replaced by temporary employees

This content was published on June 22, 2022 – 23:02

London, June 23 (EFE). – Before this Thursday faced the second day of the UK’s biggest rail strike since 1989, the British government advanced that it was preparing a law that would allow companies to provide temporary staff with agency workers whose second stop.

He said the legislation, which the executive branch expects to take effect in a few weeks, would repeal “70’s-era restrictions”, give “businesses freedom” and prevent strikers from “taking the state hostage by crippling public services and businesses.” Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng.

About 40,000 workers from thirteen railway companies and infrastructure operator Network Rail paralyzed the UK’s rail network last Tuesday, and called for another two days of protest, on Thursday and Saturday.

With inflation soaring to 9.1%, its highest level in 40 years, the RMT transportation association is calling for higher wages and a avoidance of planned layoffs. The executive authority also fears that other sectors will organize protests in the coming months due to the cost of living crisis facing the country.

“This situation is unsustainable,” the business minister said, stressing that the planned legislation “will allow people to continue their lives without interruption and keep the economy going.”

For her part, TUC General Secretary Francis O’Grady described the government’s plans as a “deliberate attempt to undermine the right to strike and reduce the bargaining power of workers”.

He warned that “using less skilled agency workers to carry out important services would endanger people’s safety, exacerbate disputes and poison industrial relations.”

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“Despite all the efforts of hard-line union leaders to stop this country, it is clear that this week’s strikes have not had the desired effect as more people are able to work from home,” Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps said.

Shapps has refused in recent days to interfere in negotiations between striking workers and companies.

He stressed that “reforms like this legislation are vital, it will ensure that any future strikes cause fewer problems and allow qualified, flexible and qualified workers to continue to do work.”

A spokesperson for the railway network welcomed the government’s announcement. He told the local Palestinian Authority agency that the law “could help us provide better service to our passengers during the days of the strike if this dispute continues.” EFE

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