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Anger as MPs debate attack on trade unions

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2475

Trade unionists were set to protest and rally in parliament on Tuesday of this week as the Tories’ Trade Union Bill moved to committee stage. 

Requirements for unions to give two weeks’ notice of social media content during strikes could be dropped from the bill, it was rumoured.

This underlined how draconian the bill is. Even some Tories can’t support it without changes.

Some union leaders have focused their strategy on appealing to right wing MPs. But this won’t change the main thrust of the bill, which will make it far harder for unions to legally call strikes.

Councils in Scotland have stated their opposition to the bill.

It is limited opposition, only relating to measures on collecting union subs and providing facility time to reps.

But it is clearly welcome—and every councillor should be pressured to repeat the stance.

None of this changes the need to mobilise against the Tories’ attack on trade unions—and for union leaders to encourage mass resistance.

TUC lobby of parliament, Monday 2 November. Unite the Resistance conference, Saturday 14 November.
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