This was an undemocratic act by Government and gave new powers to the State to interfere in internal union affairs. The 40% threshold is not one imposed for local or national elections, or for referendums.

“The NEU will mobilise alongside our sister trade unions in order to change this undemocratic ruling and ensure that workers have the right to take legitimate strike action on the issues that matter.

“The announcement by Jeremy Corbyn yesterday that a Labour government would repeal the Trade Union Act is to be welcomed. The NEU will work closely with Labour and all parties to lobby for the abolition of all the anti-union laws and the introduction of a positive set of rights for workers.”



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