Petition Withdraw the Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

We want the Government to withdraw the Transport Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill. We believe this legislation would unjustifiably restrict the right of workers to withdraw their labour, which is a fundamental human right.

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We are also concerned that the passage of this legislation could pave the way for "Minimum Service Levels" being imposed for teachers, refuse workers, nurses, and other workers?

We believe the imposition of minimum service agreements will undermine workers and unions. We ask that the Government withdraw this Bill and not impose any other restrictions on rights to strike.

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MPs debate the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill

MPs debated the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill on Monday 16 January in the main chamber of the House of Commons. This was a Second Reading debate, where MPs debated the general principles of the Bill.

The Bill includes provisions about the minimum service levels required by those taking strike action as part of a trade union. The Bill would allow the Government to set minimum service levels for public services such as fire, ambulance and transport services.

You can read more about the measures included in the Bill in this House of Commons Library Research Briefing.

What is a Second Reading?

Second Reading is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of a Bill.

At the end of the debate, the Commons decide whether the Bill should be given its Second Reading, meaning it can proceed to the next stage. If there isn't consensus that a Bill should proceed to its next stage, MPs will vote on this.

Find out more about how Second Reading works.

What happens next?

Having passed Second Reading, MPs will now consider the Bill in detail, and can suggest amendments (proposals for change) to the Bill.

Read more about the bill and keep up to date with its progress.

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