Workers' rights

Liberty responds to Government’s anti-strike proposals

Posted on 05 Jan 2023

Jun Pang, Policy and Campaigns Officer at Liberty, said:

“We should all be able to stand up for what we believe in and make our voices heard. Today’s proposals completely undermine the purpose of striking, and will make it much harder for workers to exercise their basic rights. In the face of an unprecedented cost of living crisis, it’s never been more important to protect everybody’s rights to freedom of association and assembly.

The government’s plans to introduce yet more severe restrictions on this vital part of our democracy attack what makes strikes effective and is yet another attempt from this Government to weaken the basic rights all workers should have. We stand in solidarity with the trade union movement in opposing these proposals.

“These new restrictions must be seen in the context of the Policing Act and Public Order Bill, both of which dramatically curtail the right to protest. Time and time again, this Government has demonstrated its determination to undermine our rights. We must fight back against this power grab and defend our right to organise and strike.”

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