Assembly Members discuss controversial Trade Union Bill

Senedd Welsh AssemblyTrade unions in Wales yesterday called for the Trade Union Bill not to be applied in their country.

As unions gathered outside the Senedd, inside Assembly Members were debating the issue after AMs Mick Antoniw, Rhodri Glyn Thomas and Peter Black tabled a motion saying the Assembly “takes pride in the good relations that have been established in Wales between employers, trades unions and workers in both the public and private sector”.

It called the Bill an “unnecessary attack on the democratic rights of working people”, which will undermine constructive industrial relations and risks contravening both the Human Rights Act and international law.

The motion also said the Bill intrudes on devolved responsibilities of the Welsh government and “should not be applied to Wales without the consent of the National Assembly of Wales”.

UNISON regional secretary Margaret Thomas said: ““There is no appetite for this Bill because it rips up good employment relations that currently exist and the positive partnership working across Wales. The Tories are out to attack the civil rights of working people.

“We will continue to lobby elected representatives with a clear message. Let’s work together for a better future: drop the Trade Union Bill.”We will continue to lobby elected representatives with a clear message. Let’s work together for a better future: drop the Trade Union Bill.”

Clayton Williams, solicitor at Thompsons’ Cardiff branch, said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with trade unions across Wales in opposition to the Bill. The Bill is all about giving power to employers and would shackle workers’ fundamental right to act collectively and strike as a last resort.  The Bill is vindictive and unnecessary and would make our trade union laws harsher than those in almost every other country in Europe.”

“We will work with Assembly members to oppose this Bill and protect the rights of Welsh workers and trade unions members across the UK.”


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