Minimum Service Levels Act is a mess and a highly partisan law

14 November 2023

The Government has published its draft code of practice on minimum service levels during strikes.

General view of Whitehall

The code if implemented would bring in restrictive rules on member identification, picketing, and complying with work notices. It is in effect an attempt to reduce people’s ability to strike.

Mike Clancy, General Secretary of Prospect trade union, said:

“It is clear that the Minimum Service Levels Act is a mess, a highly partisan law that was pushed through parliament with little regard to the legitimate criticism it faced from all sides in Parliament.

“Now we are seeing the government use ill-thought through regulations to make it even harder for workers to take legitimate strike action, and compound the problems that have been caused in the first place by this act.”