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The Government suffered the defeat on an amendment to the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill, to insist that the Secretary of State “must publish draft regulations, conduct an impact assessment, consult with relevant parties and provide reports to a Joint Committee who must publish a review before minimum service regulations can be made”.

If passed unamended, the Bill would mean that when workers lawfully vote to strike in health, education, fire, transport, border security and nuclear decommissioning, they could be forced to attend work – and sacked if they don’t comply.

For more information please refer to the article published by the Institute of Employment Rights (IER) on its website, here.

To follow the progress of the Bill, see the UK Parliament website, here.