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Government consults on electronic balloting for industrial action

07 March 2017

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is looking for views to contribute to an independent review of electronic balloting for trade union industrial action ballots.

The review will consider:

  • the electronic and physical security of e-balloting methods, including risks of interception, impersonation, hacking, fraud or misleading or irregular practices
  • if any system can safeguard against risk of intimidation of union members and protect anonymity of ballot responses
  • the security and resilience of existing balloting of union members 

The outcome will allow the Government to make a properly informed and transparent decision concerning whether safe and secure balloting for industrial action can be achieved via electronic processes, and whether such a system should be permitted across Great Britain.

Those wishing to respond can do so until 10 May 2017.

Responses can be sent:

  • online
  • by email: e-ballotingreview@beis.gov.uk
  • or by post: Christine Pelletant, E-Balloting Secretariat, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET

See: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/595547/CfE-E-Balloting-1-March.pdf

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Contact: David Hoey Partner dho@bto.co.uk T. 0141 221 8012

 

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