Vince Cable condemns Tory strike ballot plans

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Vince Cable has criticised Conservative proposals to make it harder to call industrial action affecting health services, transport, fire or schools. Under the plans, the backing of 40% of eligible union members would be required for strike action to go ahead. The Liberal Democrat MP said: “Setting a mandatory 40% level of support for strike action seems odd when MPs do not need to reach such a high hurdle to get elected… Industrial relations in the UK are good and the Conservatives would do well to turn their attention to creating a fairer society.”