series of strikes against Londoners when he opposed a Tory proposal to ban strikes in the emergency and transport sectors unless a majority of workers actually supported them. What this means is that the Tories think a majority of union members should both take part in a strike ballot and then support the proposed strike before a strike is allowed.
Andy Slaughter it seems thinks the present rules are OK - which only require a majority of those taking part in a ballot to be in favour.
This might seem like an anoraks' argument but it is serious stuff for those of us repeatedly stopped from getting to work by the RMT, whose leader is a former active member of the Communist party. Get where his politics and agenda are?
At the moment all Bob Crow has to do is get a majority of those who can be bothered to take part in a ballot to support him. Since those people are generally the more active members of the union and likely to support the leadership the result is never really in question. So one of two things happens next - either Transport for London gives way and awards them more money (the usual outcome) or there is a strike. And then Transport for London gives way and awards them more money.
Surely it is not too much to ask that a majority of workers actually have to back a strike before it's called? The RMT often allege that "management" at TfL or London Underground are bullies - but trades unions are no strangers to bullying, intimidation and harassment themselves. So how do you know those votes or numbers who come out on strike aren't victims of bullying by their own union themselves, particularly when Bob Crow himself is a football hooligan who likes to scream what has been described as "diabolical abuse" at people? I once saw a tube worker being called a "c*nt" by his colleagues as he crossed a picket line - nice.
I am not blind to the real Tory agenda here either - they basically don't like unions full stop. But frankly when you have so many people being put in fear of losing their jobs or having lost them already in London the sight of Bob Crow calling for yet more strikes for yet more money is sickening. Particularly when he so blatantly uses Londoners as his pawns in a much bigger political game.
So Andy Slaughter, in my humble opinion, should have supported this ammendment. You may feel the same when you're fighting to get on a number 94 from Shepherd's Bush Green to get to work on a strike day, knowing you've got it all to look forward to on the way home. I wonder how MPs get to work on a strike day?