12:39, August 25 369 0 theguardian.com

2018-08-25 12:39:04
Judge deals blow to Trump over attempt to make firing federal workers easier

A federal judge has rejected key elements of three executive orders signed by Donald Trump in May that would make it easier to fire federal employees and reduce their ability to bargain collectively.

A dozen unions representing federal employees sued to stop the orders going into effect. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, of US district court for the District of Columbia, issued a court order on Saturday.

She said Trump’s orders, which would also reduce the amount of time low-performing employees had to improve their performance before being fired, “undermine federal employees’ right to bargain collectively”.

In a statement quoted by the New York Times, Sarah Suszczyk, co-chair of a coalition of government-workers unions, said: “We are very pleased that the court agreed that the president far exceeded his authority, and that the apolitical career federal work force shall be protected from these illegal, politically motivated executive orders.”

The White House did not immediately comment. Trump was at his golf course in Sterling, Virginia.