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Electronic voting in industrial action ballots 03/11/2016 The Government has announced that Sir Ken Knight will lead an independent review of electronic voting for industrial action ballots.

Electronic voting in industrial action ballots

The Government has announced that former Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for England, Sir Ken Knight CBE QFSM, will lead an independent review of electronic voting for industrial action ballots.

The independent review will investigate the issues surrounding trades unions using electronic voting for industrial action ballots, including:

  • risks of interception, impersonation, hacking, fraud or misleading or irregular practices associated with electronic balloting
  • if systems can be safeguarded to reduce risk of intimidation of union members and protect anonymity of voters
  • security and resilience of existing practices of balloting union members

The review has been launched following an agreement to investigate the implications of electronic voting methods in the Trade Union Act 2016.

“The Trade Union Act ensures strikes will only ever happen as a result of a clear, positive decision by those entitled to vote. The Knight Review will explore the issues and implications of allowing electronic voting in industrial action ballots and I look forward to reading his findings,” said Business Minister Margot James.

Sir Ken Knight added: “I am pleased to play my part in considering how best to ensure that, at the time of industrial tension, individual trades union members have their voice heard in making key decisions about the future of the industry they work in.”

The terms of reference are available here.

 

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