Sajid Javid has always been on the side of Britain's worst bosses
David Cameron’s new business minister announced today that there will be ‘significant changes’ to strike law under the new Conservative government. Sajid Javid said that strikes currently have too big an impact on public services, and said that under future plans public service strikes would need the support of 40 per cent of eligible union members.
Britain already has some of the strictest strike laws in Europe. Trade unions must give employers a minimum of seven day’s notice before holding a ballot; if successful, another seven day’s notice must be given before industrial action can begin. But these procedures are fraught with elaborate rules which mean injunctions can be taken out even after huge majority turnouts. Introducing even more legislation will, according to the TUC, make legal strikes ‘close to impossible’.
But this does not concern Javid. The Bromsgrove MP has always been on the side of, as TUC general secretary France O’ Grady puts it, ‘Britain’s worst bosses.’
In 2013 he voted to remove the duty on the Commission for Equality and Human Rights ‘to work to support the development of a society where people’s ability to achieve their potential is not limited by prejudice or discrimination and there is respect for human rights.’
He also voted against making it illegal to discriminate on basis of caste, an issue which has come to the fore recently after an umbrella organisation of Hindu temples breached charity legislation by publicly endorsing the Conservative party before the election.
In 2011 and 2012 Javid voted against creating more jobs for young people funded by bankers’ bonuses. In 2012 he voted for allowing employees to exchange some employment rights for shares in the company they work for.
And most tellingly, in 2014 he voted against raising the minimum wage. Is it any wonder that Sajid Javid now wants to make it harder than ever for low-paid workers to take action?
Ruby Stockham is a staff writer at Left Foot Forward. Follow her on TwitterLike this article? Sign up to Left Foot Forward's weekday email for the latest progressive news and comment - and support campaigning journalism by making a donation today.