Proposals include greater obstacles for unions seeking recognition in the workplace - the process will be more complex and time-consuming.
Employers will be able to dismiss workers involved in lawful disputes after the conflict has lasted eight weeks, if they can show they had taken 'all reasonable steps to resolve the dispute'.
Compensation awards in cases of unfair dismissal are to be capped at£50,000, training is not to be subject to collective bargaining, and zero hour contracts are not to be outlawed, so employers will still be able to put workers on call to work when needed.
In a feature article run by the Glasgow Herald (p17) the Fairness at Work legislation is said to be the biggest boost for workers in a generation, even its diluted form.
However, unions have reacted in dismay, with TUC general secretary John Monks saying the government wa sadding 'new complexities' to the employment rights promised in the summer, the Yorkshire Post reports (p8).
The Transport and General Workers Union said the moves were a major step back from the principles in the previous White Paper.