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TUC says call walkouts to defend union rights

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2486

A government watchdog has warned the Tories’ Trade Union Bill could breach human rights.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission said it could impose “potentially unlawful restrictions” on the right to strike ahead of the bill’s second reading in the House of Lords on Monday of this week.

Trade union leaders and rank and file activists joined a protest held by the Trade Union Coordinating Group outside as peers debated the bill.

The next step is a week of action in England and Wales called by the TUC between 8-14 February. The Scottish TUC is holding a day of action on Monday 22 February, according to the PCS union.

Activists are encouraged to organise a “big workplace meeting” on 9 February with a live link-up to TUC head Frances O’Grady.

A day of action has also been called for 11 February.

“Maybe your workplace will do a rally or lunchtime walkout?” the TUC suggests.

The week is an opportunity to provide a focus for industrial disputes with junior doctors set for a “full withdrawal of labour” on 10 February and industrial action on the London Tube.

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