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PCS calls for e-balloting

CIVIL Service union PCS challenged the government yesterday to reform the Trade Union Act by introducing e-balloting for strike votes.

The union said the “archaic” insistence on postal balloting hampered unions’ ability to defend their members.

“The government is deliberately preventing our members from exercising their democratic right to take strike action.”

Mr Serwotka said PCS analysis showed the cumbersome voting method was the biggest barrier to participation in its recent ballot strike ballot, which didn’t reach the legal turnout barriers despite 85 per cent of participants voting Yes.

“If we had e-balloting, we are certain we would have beaten the threshold. Some of our members have never posted a letter, but everyone has sent an email or uses social media.”

The union is seeking legal advice on whether the Tory law infringes the right to freedom of association under the Human Rights Act.

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