The Government recently responded to its consultation on tackling intimidation of non-striking workers.  In doing so, it has confirmed that it will drop a number of proposals, including plans:

  • to require unions to publish their plans for industrial action, pickets and social media campaigns in advance;
  • for a new criminal offence of intimidation on the picket line; and
  • to require unions to report annually on their industrial action and picketing activities.

It will, however, continue with proposals to introduce a legal requirement for unions to appoint a picket supervisor, who will be responsible for the conduct of a picket. 

The Government has also confirmed that it will update the Code of Practice on Picketing to clarify the legal protections already available to those who suffer intimidation in relation to industrial action and introduce new guidance on how to seek redress if intimidation takes place using social media.

A copy of the consultation response is available here