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LAWYERS AND EMPLOYERS RUBBISH STRIKE CURB IDEAS

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Trade secretary Ian Lang's ideas on restricting public sector strikes have been bet with considerable scepticism fr...
Trade secretary Ian Lang's ideas on restricting public sector strikes have been bet with considerable scepticism from employers and industrial relations experts, the Financial Times reports (p11).

Ruth Lea, head of the policy unit at the Institute of Directors said: 'We are not overly supportive of trying to ban strikes in essential services - mainly because we don't think it is practical to do so.'

And the chairman of the Law Society's employment law committee, David Cockburn said the plans were 'bizarre in concept and unworkable in practice.'

'The present law already provides for the public to take action against unions if they act unlawfully in taking strike action. Is it now proposed they should be able to sue the unions even if they are acting within the law?'
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