Thatcher’s crackdown on trade unions

The 1980 Employment Act which made solidarity action illegal with no picket lines allowed with six+ people

1982 Employment Act outlawed most forms of solidarity action and implemented financial sanctions to trade unions too

1984 Trade Union Act which made it illegal to strike without a ballot and

1989 Employment Act amendment whereby restrictions were applied to union reps’ time off

1990 Employment Act trade unions were made responsible for any financial losses caused as result of direct action

1993 Employment Act, people could sue unions if they were damaged by industrial action


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