Most employers in the Midlands are expecting an increase in industrial action in the coming months, according to a new report.
The Economics of Employee Relations report found that 69 per cent of Midlands employers held such fears and a massive 85 per cent anticipate increased industrial trouble in the coming months.
They are calling for Government action on industrial relations laws to counter the threat.
The DLA Piper study of more than 500 senior UKdecision makers, revealed that 71 per cent of those in the Midlandswanted a change in legislation to bring in a minimum threshold in strike ballots, with 40 per cent of those eligible to vote having to back the call as against the simple majority currently required.
Nick Jew, head of employment in the Birminghamoffice of DLA Piper, said: "As the threat of a double dip recession remains, it is worrying that industrial unrest is on the rise and potentially could thwart economic recovery.
“In a volatile economy, employers face multiple risks and challenges, making it imperative to focus resources and attention on employee relations to protect and nurture performance and profits.”