The TUC campaign against the trade union bill
In November MPs will vote on the government’s controversial trade union bill, which threatens the basic right to strike. Bristol Trades Union Council urgently needs YOU in London, on the afternoon of Monday 2nd November, to talk to your MP face to face. This is a big opportunity to make sure our MPs hear directly from workers worried by the government’s plans to undermine the right to strike in restricting pickets, protests and other measures.
In a forward to various briefing packs about the campaign Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the TUC, wrote that
“Trade unions play a vital role in representing millions of workers across the country and making sure they are treated fairly at work.
“Collective bargaining is at the heart of winning a better deal for workers. It works because employers and employees both have some power. Part of that balance is that workers can take industrial action.
“But the proposals in the trade union bill undermine the right to strike. They’ll mean that agency workers can be used to break strikes. They will bring in huge amounts of red tape and restrictions on picketing and protests – like having to tell your employer what you’ll post on Facebook two weeks in advance, or whether you intend to carry a banner or use a loudspeaker.”
What we’re asking you to do is
- Write to your MP
- Lobby your MP either at Parliament on the 2nd November or at their local surgery
- Petition your MP
- Contact local media and tell them why the bill is such a bad idea
- Run a stall or event to get your members involved
- Emphasise that this is also a threat to safety reps
- Above all get the message out there!
Information packs about the campaign and the bill, sample letters, petitions and other resource materials can be found here Protect the right to strike
ANTI-STRIKE laws in the Trade Union Bill will lead to unions being hit with a whopping bill for £11 million upfront, the government’s impact assessment revealed yesterday.
Read the full report here New anti-strike laws leave unions facing £11m in extra costs
Another revealing fact from the meeting of Parliament’s public bill committee was when Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, reported that the Prime Minister had ignored her request for a meeting sent, on May 15th, five months ago.
Read the full report here Cameron slammed for snub to O’Grady
Activity is starting to build up in opposition to the Trade Union Bill. On Monday, 13th October, leading trade union leaders confronted MPs at a meeting of Parliament’s public bill committee where Blacklist Support Group secretary Dave Smith asked “Why is it that trade unions exercising their democratic human right are penalised to such an extent that nobody else in this country faces?”
The full article can be found here 50% and you wouldn’t be here
An article that appeared in the Morning Star, Monday 13th October, indicated that restrictions on Twitter and Facebook media activity could be shelved.
The full article can be found here Social media curbs could be dropped