A Plaid Cymru MS has blasted the new anti-strike measures proposed by Rishi Sunak as “abhorrent”.
Llyr Gruffydd, who represents north Wales for Plaid Cymru in the Senedd, says the “authoritarian crackdown” is a "foot on the throat of working people” amid the cost of living crisis.
Under the Tory Prime Minister proposed legislation employers will be able to sue unions and sack staff who take strike action.
It will enforce “minimum service levels” in six sectors, including the health service, rail, education, fire and border security.
The laws, which will be announced as soon as today, will force a proportion of union members to continue working to maintain those “minimum service levels”.
It is understood that strikes would be deemed illegal if unions refused to provide the minimum level.
Llyr Gruffydd MS said: “The abhorrent proposed anti-strike measures are a foot on the throat of working people during the cost of living crisis. This authoritarian crackdown is Thatcherism on steroids.
“Workers have seen their pay and conditions erode for well over a decade under Westminster rule and many families are struggling to survive.
“They have every right to stand up for themselves and demand a better deal. It’s no wonder that more and more people are coming to the conclusion that independence is the only way to safeguard the rights of workers in Wales.”