According to BBC News, the new Trade Union Bill, presented this week, would make legal strikes by union groups “almost impossible”.
Under current rules, a strike can take place if there is a majority vote, following an official ballot.
The new terms have come shortly after industrial action took place by NHS staff, including midwives, over the rejection of a 1% pay rise from government, following a recommendation from the independent review body.
Director for Policy, Employment Relations and Communications at the RCM, Jon Skewes said: “Members of the Royal College of Midwives have balloted once in England and once in Northern Ireland in 134 years. Midwives took the decision to take industrial action because Government and employment failed to honour the recommendation from the independent pay review body to give NHS staff a 1 per cent pay rise.
“Had the Government and employers continued to honour the recommendations of the independent process there would not have been a problem. We repeatedly asked to meet with the Government to negotiate and industrial was a last resort for midwives.”
The Trade Union Bill will impose a minimum of 50% turnout, with public sector strikes needing at least 40% support in order to strike.
Ministers have supported the new rules and have denied that it attacks workers’ rights.
The Trade Union Bill, once passed into law, will mark the biggest change on rules for industrial action in 30 years.