British government is planning stricter sanctions to curb the rights of public unions to organize strikes, amid a threathening walkout of public sector workers.
British Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said new laws are being drawn to limit the public unions’ rights to take industrial action.
The plan when brought into force is expected to make union leaders prove that half of their members supported a strike and that a large proportion has voted or the walkout could be deemed illegal.
The development comes ahead of a walkout by up to two million public sector workers, scheduled for July 10. The industrial action by teachers and council workers is against low pay, pension cuts and bad working conditions.
Union leaders say the walkout could be the biggest since the general strike of 1926. The current UK government led by Prime Minister David Cameron launched austerity measures when it came to power in 2010 in a bid to tackle the country’s mounting debt and sluggish growth.