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A sea change on fighting anti-union laws at the TUC

Issue No. 2219

The TUC passed a motion for the repeal of the anti-trade union laws.

Importantly, for the first time, delegates unanimously and specifically backed Labour MP John McDonnell’s private member’s bill, which proposes a change in the law to stop employers halting strikes on the basis of technicalities.

The motion also backed a lobby of parliament in support of the bill on 13 October. And a motion from the TUC Trades Council conference against the anti-union laws was also passed.

The general council clarified that the motion should not be seen as a “blank cheque” in support of all action. In previous years they have opposed or amended the same motion.

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