Labour Market

Strikes continue to paralyse the economy



Julian Jessop quoted in The i

Prof. Len Shackleton writes for CapX

IEA Editorial and Research Fellow Professor Len Shackleton has written for CapX discussing proposals for minimum service guarantees to mitigate the impact of future strike action.

Len wrote:

“The Minimum Service Levels Act, which completed its Parliamentary passage in July, allows the relevant Secretary of State in a number of areas to make MSA orders for a range of specific sectors. But I wonder whether any such agreements will ever be put into practice. They have hardly been used in countries which have similar laws, and where they have been used they’ve sometimes been simply ignored by the unions, with little comeback. Consultation and timing rules make MSAs a clumsy instrument, which in practice will face a flood of legal challenges.”

Read Len’s full piece here.