GMB commented on the Tory Party announcement of a manifesto commitment that strike ballots in public services will require 40 per cent support from those entitled to vote. See notes to editors 2 for copy of Tory Party press release dated 10th January 2015.
Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary, said "Only 16 out of 650 elected Members of Parliament secured the support of 40% of those entitled to vote in their parliamentary constituency area election in 2010. See list in notes to editors 1 below. Only 15 Tory MPs out of 303 secured that level of support.
If the Tories are returned again in May they would have no hesitation in forming a Government while not securing 40% support from the electorate.
Yet they propose use that power to impose a 40% threshold on trade union members voting for strike action.
The Tories are class warriors. They are the party of the rich and powerful seeking to shackle workers seeking to defend themselves after years of pay freezes.”
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