Plan to use agency workers as strike breakers comes under fire


by The Independent

The Independent— Law change will worsen disputes and ‘poison’ industrial relations, warns TUC

the Guardian—Boris Johnson plans to break rail strikes by allowing use of agency workers. Unions condemn measure as potentially against international law as 40,000 staff prepare for first day of industrial action Boris Johnson has responded to the biggest rail strikes in a generation with plans to break the industrial action by allowing firms to bring in agency staff, a move that unions have decried as unworkable, unsafe and potentially breaking international law. As 40,000 workers prepared for Tuesday’s strike, the most wide-reaching on the railways in 30 years, Downing Street...

The Independent—Boris Johnson told by agency bosses to drop ‘worrying’ plan to use their staff to break strikes. ‘The sector does not want to be involved in this. We are very opposed to this plan’

International Business Times UK—Train strike: UK government's plan to replace strikers with agency workers failed in 2015 – it still won't work today. If the current UK government is to abide by international commitments as an ILO member and party to the European Convention on Human Rights, agency workers can only replace strikers in essential services.