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LABOUR LAW SHOULD BE EXTENDED, SAYS INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS

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The Institute of Directors will step up its campaign this week for further changes in employment laws, reports the ...
The Institute of Directors will step up its campaign this week for further changes in employment laws, reports the Financial Times (p7).

The IoD wants all public sector strikes that breach procedure agreements to be banned and is calling for the introduction of legally binding, compulsory arbitration for Britain's essential services.

In a meeting with ministers this week the IoD will press its demands for trade unions to lose their legal immunity from civil actions and resulting financial damages for involvement in industrial disputes.

They also want the abolition of the licensing system for employment agencies and the removal of the legal monopoly of the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service's conciliation activities in disputes taken to it by industrial tribunals.

The Iod wants to see whether Acas services could be market tested, and favours changes to employment protection law to enable further deregulation.

Employment secretary David Hunt, speaking yesterday, did not rule out legislation, the FT reports.

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