TUCG wants to see trade unions mobilise against government “assault”

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, BFAWU, FBU, PCS, RMT,

TUCGA group representing nine trade unions today calls for a stepping up of actions to oppose the Trade Union Bill.

The Trade Union Co-Ordinating Group – comprising the BFAWU, FBU, NAPO, NUJ, NUT, PCS, POA, RMT, and URTU – wants to see a day of action against the Bill on November 2nd.

A statement released by the TUCG, which today hosts a rally at the Houses of Parliament, reads: “The Trade Union Bill is a fundamental attack on our right to organise and strike in the face of ongoing austerity.

“The Tories know the trade unions are the last line of defence for millions of working people. The Bill is yet another attempt to limit our ability to collectively resist the ongoing attacks on our standard of living and our public services.

“It is also an assault on one of our most basic civil liberties, the right to withdraw our Labour. The Tories elected by only 24% of the electorate, are imposing balloting thresholds that few MPs have met in their own election.

“We support the TUC view that extra criteria required for ‘essential’ public service workers is outside international labour law. With the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader we now have a long-time supporter of the trade union movement at the head of the opposition.

“This opens up new possibilities of successfully defeating the Bill by mobilising the trade union movement against it, particularly when it gets its final reading. But if the Bill is passed through Parliament, we have to build mass opposition to it.

“This year’s TUC conference rightly supported calls for ‘generalised strike action’ against the Bill and called on unions to make ‘preparation for supporting workers taking joint/coordinated industrial action’.

“The TUC also pledged to give ‘maximum possible political and industrial support and finance to trade unions that may find themselves outside the law’. We underline our complete commitment to those decisions.

“No trade union will be left to face the effects of any new legislation without receiving the solidarity and support of our whole movement. We must campaign against laws that are to be used to prevent us successfully defending our members and wider society against years more of cuts and closures.

“An injury to one is an injury to all. We will defend our right to strike and organise against austerity.”

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