The Trades Union Congress (TUC) says it’s reporting the UK authorities to the United Nations watchdog on staff’ rights over a brand new strikes regulation.
New guidelines on strikes would require some workers to work throughout industrial motion – or face being sacked.
The TUC mentioned the laws fell wanting worldwide authorized requirements.
The federal government mentioned the brand new guidelines “defend the lives and livelihoods of most of the people” in addition to entry to public companies.
As soon as applied, the Strikes (Minimal Service Ranges) Act will apply to a variety of staff, together with these within the rail trade and emergency companies.
The TUC labelled them “anti-strike legal guidelines” and, as representatives from 48 unions gathered on Sunday, its normal secretary, Paul Nowak mentioned they’re “unworkable” – and could also be unlawful.
Talking on the opening day of the TUC Congress in Liverpool, Mr Nowak mentioned the union physique will probably be lodging the case on the Worldwide Labour Organisation (ILO) as a result of the brand new regulation “falls far quick” of worldwide authorized requirements.
The federal government took ahead the laws following a yr of unprecedented industrial motion by a whole lot of 1000’s of staff, together with nurses, academics, civil servants and railway workers.
A spokeswoman for the federal government mentioned: “The aim of this laws is to guard the lives and livelihoods of most of the people and guarantee they will proceed to entry important public companies throughout strikes.”
She added: “The laws doesn’t take away the flexibility to strike, however individuals anticipate the federal government to behave in circumstances the place their rights and freedoms are being disproportionately impacted, and that’s what we’re doing with this Invoice.”
The federal government pointed to analysis which advised 600,000 medical appointments have been rescheduled over the previous yr, and £1.2bn in output has been misplaced, as a consequence of strikes.
A public session is beneath manner into how the legal guidelines, which acquired Royal Assent in July, will probably be applied by employers, however commerce unions could nicely problem them within the courts.
Underneath the brand new regulation, which is able to apply to England, Scotland and Wales, the federal government would set minimal service ranges after a session.
Employers will then be capable to problem a “work discover” to unions, setting out who’s required to work throughout a strike.
Underneath the laws, there can be no automated safety from unfair dismissal for an worker who’s informed to work via a discover however chooses to strike.
If a strike just isn’t performed in accordance with the brand new guidelines, employers can be additionally be capable to sue unions for losses.