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RESTRICTIVE LABOUR LEGISLATION ATTACKED

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The International Labour Organisation will this month criticise the government for its refusal to repeal legislatio...
The International Labour Organisation will this month criticise the government for its refusal to repeal legislation restricting solidarity strikes and the freedom of trade unions to discipline members.

The Financial Times (p12) reports that that ILO's committee of experts, the body that adjudicates on whether member states are complying with standards they have ratified, has rejected the British ban on secondary forms of industrial action.

It does not accept the British government's view that any move to permit solidarity strikes would be a 'retrograde step' and would 'risk a return to the adversarial days of the 1960s and 1970s'.

The ILO committee believes workers should be able to participate in solidarity strikes provided the initial strike is lawful, and at the organisation's annual conference in Geneva will request the government to indicate any developments in this area.
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