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Tackling intimidation of non-striking workers

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Tackling intimidation of non-striking workers

Published September 2015

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In July 2015, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills opened a consultation on its proposals to tackle intimidation of non-striking workers during industrial action. 

The Government was seeking views on: 

  • whether the code of practice on picketing should cover use of social media, and whether it should be extended to include guidance on protests linked to industrial disputes 
  • whether there are other practices for picketing that should be legally enforceable 
  • whether there are gaps in the current legal framework that applies to picketing and associated protests 
  • proposals that aim to improve union transparency and accountability for picketing and associated protests.

The CIPD’s response to the Government was informed by two focus groups held with members; one in Manchester and the other in London.