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Tory 40% Strike Ballot Double Standards

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Only 16 Of 650 MP’s Elected In 2010 Secured 40% Of Eligible Voters As Tories Plan 40% Threshold For Strike Vote In Public Services

We will soon see the double standards as if the Tories are returned again they will have no hesitation in forming a Government while not securing 40% support from the electorate says GMB.

GMB commented on the Tory Party election manifesto commitment that strike ballots in public services will require 40 per cent support from those entitled to vote. See notes to editors for copy of Tory Party manifesto pledge.

Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said "Only 16 out of 650 elected Members of Parliament secured the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in their parliamentary constituency area election in 2010. See list in notes to editors 1 below. Only 15 Tory MPs out of 303 secured that level of support.

We will soon see the double standards in operation as if the Tories are returned again they will have no hesitation in forming a Government while not securing 40% support from the electorate.

Yet they propose to use that power to impose a 40% threshold on trade union members voting for strike action.

 As they make it harder to strike they even plan to make strike breaking easier.

The Tories are class warriors. They are the party of the rich and powerful seeking to shackle workers seeking to defend themselves after years of pay freezes.”

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Contact: Kamaljeet Jandu 07956 237178 or Martin Smith 07974 251 722 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to editors

1 Details of 16 MPs out of 650 who secured 40% support from all in their constituencies entitled to vote in 2010 general election.

MP

Party

Constituency Name

Votes

2010 Population

aged 18+

%

Tim Farron

LD

Westmorland & Lonsdale

30,896

69,212

44.6

Cheryl Gillan

CON

Chesham & Amersham

31,658

71,476

44.3

James Arbuthnot

CON

Hampshire North East

32,075

74,144

43.3

Jo Johnson

CON

Orpington

29,200

68,739

42.5

Jeremy Hunt

CON

Surrey South West

33,605

79,305

42.4

Paul Beresford

CON

Mole Valley

31,263

74,683

41.9

Nick Herbert

CON

Arundel & South Downs

32,333

77,718

41.6

Dominic Grieve

CON

Beaconsfield

32,053

77,961

41.1

David Cameron

CON

Witney

33,973

82,703

41.1

John Whittingdale

CON

Maldon

28,661

70,531

40.6

George Hollingbery

CON

Meon Valley

28,818

71,076

40.5

Bob Stewart

CON

Beckenham

27,597

68,108

40.5

Theresa May

CON

Maidenhead

31,937

78,907

40.5

Desmond Swayne

CON

New Forest West

27,980

69,403

40.3

Christopher Chope

CON

Christchurch

27,888

69,628

40.1

Richard Benyon

CON

Newbury

33,057

82,731

40.0

2 Copy of Tory Party manifesto pledge:

We will protect you from disruptive and undemocratic strike action

Strikes should only ever be the result of a clear, positive decision based on a ballot in which at least half the workforce has voted. This turnout threshold will be an important and fair step to rebalance the interests of employers, employees, the public and the rights of trade unions. We will, in addition, tackle the disproportionate impact of strikes in essential public services by introducing a tougher threshold in health, education, fire and transport. Industrial action in these essential services would require the support of at least 40 per cent of all those entitled to take part in strike ballots – as well as a majority  of those who actually turn out to vote. We will also repeal nonsensical restrictions banning employers from hiring agency staff to provide essential cover during strikes; and ensure strikes cannot be called on the basis of ballots conducted years before. We will tackle intimidation of non-striking workers; legislate to ensure trade unions use a transparent opt-in process for union subscriptions; tighten the rules around taxpayer-funded paid ‘facility time’ for union representatives; and reform the role of the Certification Officer.

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