Call for evidence on electronic balloting for industrial action

Close date: 14 July 2017

The Government launches a call for evidence on electronic balloting as part of its independent review of electronic balloting for industrial action. Currently, workers voting on whether or not to take industrial action can do so only by postal ballot. However, s.4 of the Trade Union Act 2016 requires the Secretary of State to commission an independent review into alternative secure methods of electronic balloting and to consider and publish a formal response to the review's findings. Areas in relation to which the call for evidence seeks views include: the strengths and weaknesses of the current postal system of balloting; whether or not electronic balloting would increase voter turnout; and how to mitigate the risk of voter fraud.

The deadline for responding to the call for evidence, which was due to close on 10 May 2017, has been extended to 14 July 2017 as a result of the general election on 8 June 2017.
Consultation document: Electronic balloting for industrial action - call for evidence