The government’s controversial assault on trade unions through their Trade Union Bill has caused much concern. I have received correspondence from my constituents expressing their worries for the future of trade unions and for the workers that they represent.
Today the Bill will return to the Commons following scrutiny by the House of Lords.
Trade Unions are more important than ever but the Government is trying to undermine the unions with the Trade Union Bill.
Unions have been campaigning to defeat the Trade Union Bill and they have my full support.
Trade unions are fundamental to the UK workforce who do crucial work for our country.
Earlier this month the government conceded to an embarrassing climb down on the issue of people using the check off system to pay for their union membership following a proposed amendment to the Bill by Conservative Peer Lord Balfe.
The Bill wanted to scrap the ability for public sector workers to pay their membership fees as a deduction from their wages and for workers to arrange this payment themselves before the government’s made a U-turn on the issue.
The original proposals resulted in concerns that people would cease to become members of unions and that unions would face damage to their funding. Given the important work unions do for workers this was a big concern and I am pleased that the government backed down after pressure to do so.
However despite U-turns such as the one regarding the check off system the Bill still remains a threat to unions and therefore to workers’ rights. This Wednesday I will be closely monitoring events when the Bill returns to the Commons for MP’s consideration of the Lord’s amendments.