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Trade Union Freedom Bill: lobby against anti-union laws

Issue No. 2037

The 2005 Gate Gourmet dispute was partly held back by anti-union laws (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The 2005 Gate Gourmet dispute was partly held back by anti-union laws (Pic: Guy Smallman)

The Trade Union Freedom Bill is scheduled to come before parliament on Friday 2 March. This is an important focus for activists and a chance to raise the issue of anti-union laws.

If the bill is passed it would remove some of the worst aspects of the present legislation.

In order for the bill (a private member’s bill) to progress, at least 100 MPs must be present.

Unions are pressing for MPs to be there and to vote for the bill.

The Trade Union Freedom Bill is backed by Organising for Fighting Unions (see Meetings, events and demonstrations), which is calling on all its supporters to organise lobbies of their local MPs in the last two weeks of February.

To lobby your Labour MP:

  • Find out if they backed the original Early Day Motion (1170) for the Trade Union Freedom Bill.

    The list is available at

  • If they did, then urge them by phone and letter to be present on 2 March, but focus the lobby on those who have not yet indicated their support.
  • Get the broadest possible trade union backing for a lobby. All the major unions and the TUC support the bill.
  • Choose a surgery taking place before 2 March, have constituents of the appropriate MP ring up and request that the MP meets the lobby at the surgery.
  • Organise attendance in the largest possible numbers, with as many union banners as possible.
  • Check if the MP has links with, or is funded by, a particular union as this will make the argument all the more powerful.
  • Tell the media of your plans and ensure there is publicity for the lobby in order to spread the message over anti-union laws.

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Sat 10 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2037
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