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Allow online voting in statutory union votes, including strike ballots

Submitted by Donnacha DeLong on Tuesday 12th May 2020

Published on Friday 24th July 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Sunday 24th January 2021

Current Signatures: 197
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Covid ~ Covid-19 ~ Elections ~ It ~ Law ~ Minister ~ Ministers ~ Positions ~ Postal ~ Power ~ Prime Minister ~ Prime Ministers ~ PrimeMinister ~ Reform ~ Strike ~ Suspended ~ The Prime Minister ~ Trade ~ UK ~ Union ~ Unions ~ Voted ~ Voting

Petition Action

Allow online voting in statutory union votes, including strike ballots

Petition Details

Trade union votes, including elections to statutory positions and strike ballots, by law, must be carried out by postal voting. This is not currently safe or possible, so the law needs to be changed to allow online voting.

Additional Information

The main organisation in the UK that manages postal voting for trade union votes is Civica Election Services, formerly Electoral Reform Services. Due to the COVID-19 situation, they have sensibly suspended many of their services. Therefore, it is currently impossible for trade unions to comply with the law.

With the Prime Minister urging people to go back to work, unions need the power to ballot for strike action against employers that don't follow best practice, including social distancing.


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