CBI: Britain needs tougher strike laws and flexi working

TOUGHER INDUSTRIAL relations and flexible working are among some of the measures proposed today by the CBI to maintain Britain’s job market.

A report by the business advocacy group unveiled a number of measures the government should adopt, including blocking regulations that will cost jobs, taking a tougher stance on industrial action and enforcing flexible working during a time of recession.

John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General, said: “As we enter a period of fragile recovery, we need to do everything we can to create a jobs market that works for Britain, and to ensure Britain is the place to work.”

As industrial disputes continue to hit Britain’s telecommunications and transport industries, the CBI is advocating for a tightening of ballot rules including ensuring that 40 per cent of a balloted workforce supports the call for strike action.

The CBI has argued that employees should be given the right to choose flexible working in the future.

Meanwhile, a sustainable employment test should also be implemented, according to the CBI, which said that future labour laws should help to create and not hinder job growth.