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Trade Union Bill is 'seeking to undermine the rights of all working people'

Issue No. 2470

The Tories’ Trade Union Bill 2015 is “seeking to undermine the rights of all working people”, human rights groups argued on Monday of this week.

Amnesty, Liberty and the British Institute of Human Rights slammed it as a “major attack on civil liberties”. They said, “We owe so many of our employment protections to trade unions and we join them in opposing this bill.”

The bill’s second reading in parliament could take place as soon as next week.

Consultations on the bill were set to end on Wednesday of this week.

These cover ballot thresholds in some public services, using agency workers to scab, and “tackling intimidation”. They could bring even more draconian proposals.

Union leaders are divided over how to respond (see page 15). At the TUC this week they should be preparing for war.

Unite the Resistance is calling on workers to take action on the day of the second reading, including gathering at parliament at 5pm.

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