“If the Tories were serious about seeing increases in turnout, they would allow trade unions to ballot their members in a modern way. This government is suggesting reforms to Parliament that will allow MPs to vote with computers and people already use secure online banking, so why on earth can’t trade union members cast their ballots online?”
“Trade unions have a constructive role to play in representing their members’ interests but our one nation government will balance their rights with those of working people and business. These changes are being introduced so that strikes only happen when a clear majority of those entitled to vote have done so and all other possibilities have been explored.”
“This Bill is a deeply cynical and ideological attack on internationally recognised workers’ rights and civil liberties. If this becomes law then getting a pay rise or defending employment rights will become far harder for working people.Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said her party
“Even when ballots meet the government’s new thresholds, employers would be able to try breaking strikes by bringing in agency workers. If ministers were really interested in improving workplace democracy they would commit to online balloting rather than forcing unions to use full postal votes which always reduces turnout.
“The new restrictions on facility time will also make it more much difficult for trade unions to solve problems at work before they escalate into disputes. This is not legislating to improve industrial relations or encourage better participation in union votes, it’s a party political attempt to make lawful action almost impossible – with no real consideration given to the consequences of that.”
“condemns in the strongest terms the latest assault on trade unions and the rights of working people by an ideologically-driven Tory Government.”She said: “Rights in the workplace were hard fought for and should be robustly defended. Such rights have been attacked by successive UK governments over several decades.
“The latest assault will further weaken the bargaining power of unions and their members. The UK has fewer public holidays, less favourable terms and conditions, lower trades union participation rates compared to many other EU states...
“The most equal societies are the most successful economies... We must resist attempts to dismantle this vital movement for social and economic good.”
One of the mist worrying parts of the Bill is a clause where , employers would be able to try breaking strikes by bringing in agency workers..
Could this mean local Jobcentres sending unemployed people to Agencies where they can be used as Scab Labour and if they refused Sanctioning them ?
There has been much wrong with our Trade Unions as of late tier Ties with the Labour party have sen them giving money and resources to a party that has long despite Owen Smith article in today's Wasting Mule where he writes
Another key part of the Tories’ plan is to try and gag union members, by dictating the way trade unions are allowed to use members’ funds.I find myself in agreement with Mr Smith except that of course he only approves of this because much of the political fund goes to the Labour party.
This is in an effort to make it increasingly difficult for trade unions to set aside money for political activism, like campaigning against the exploitation of workers by gang-masters and extremist movements like the English Defence League.
In order to run these kinds of campaigns, trade unions set aside money in political funds.
The use of the money from these funds is already subject, by law, to a vote by members, asking if they want to see it continue, while all trade unionists have the option to opt-out of the funds.
Mr Smith shares a constituency Office with his AM counterpart in the GMB regional headquarters in Pontypridd where posters adorn the building despite the Labour controlled attacking the working conditions of its own members.
But this is not a reason to accept the Tories ideological atack on the Unions it is for the members to reform the Unions not the government.
We will see a lot of hypocrisy from the Red Tories over the coming months on the lines of Owen Smiths article but because Labour interest is more about its own fiances rather than workers rights. but we need to put aside out hostility to the Red Tory-TUC links and fight this bill.