Company employees might be allowed to fill in for putting workers, beneath new plans put ahead by the federal government.
It comes amid three days of main rail strikes – with passengers set to face extra cancellations on Thursday and Saturday.
Beneath present commerce union legal guidelines, employment companies are restricted from supplying momentary company employees to cowl for strikes.
The laws will repeal “burdensome authorized restrictions” to permit companies to rent momentary company workers at quick discover to cowl important roles in the course of the strike, the federal government stated.
It gave examples of expert momentary employees having the ability to fill vacant positions, akin to prepare dispatchers.
Topic to parliamentary approval, the adjustments are made by a statutory instrument and are set to return into drive within the coming weeks and can apply throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
Enterprise Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng stated: “As soon as once more commerce unions are holding the nation to ransom by grinding essential public providers and companies to a halt. The scenario we’re in is just not sustainable.
“Repealing these 1970s-era restrictions will give companies freedom to entry absolutely expert workers at velocity, all whereas permitting individuals to get on with their lives uninterrupted to assist preserve the financial system ticking.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps stated: “Regardless of the most effective efforts of militant union leaders to deliver our nation to a standstill, it is clear this week’s strikes didn’t have the specified influence because of extra individuals having the ability to earn a living from home. Nevertheless, far too many hard-working households and companies had been unfairly affected by union’s refusal to modernise.
“Reforms akin to this laws are very important and can guarantee any future strikes will trigger even much less disruption and permit adaptable, versatile, absolutely expert workers to proceed working all through.”
The federal government additionally introduced it could increase the utmost damages courts can award in opposition to a union when strike motion has been discovered to be illegal from £250,000 to £1m.
Labour criticised the plans saying they risked public security.
Deputy chief Angela Rayner stated: “This can be a recipe for catastrophe, not simply undermining pay and dealing circumstances, however risking public security and ripping up ministers’ personal phrases.
“The federal government seem to have realized nothing from the P&O scandal, which resulted in a number of security failures and the grounding of vessels.
“The thought this might remedy the journey chaos they’ve created is simply extra Tory fantasy rather than actual options.
“It is no marvel enterprise leaders oppose it as a lot as commerce unions do. It is simply one other Tory tactic to inflame extra disputes within the nation they need to be main, not dividing.”
TUC common secretary Frances O’Grady stated: “The federal government ought to be getting individuals across the desk to discover a truthful decision to this rail dispute.
“However ministers are extra enthusiastic about cynically choosing a battle with unions than reaching a negotiated settlement.
“Having slammed P&O for changing skilled employees with company workers, Grant Shapps is utilizing the identical playbook.
“These plans are a deliberate try to undermine the appropriate to strike and to scale back employees’ bargaining energy.
“Bringing in much less certified company workers to ship vital providers will endanger public security, worsen disputes and poison industrial relations.
“Unions and the company recruitment trade have each warned ministers these plans are unworkable.”