UnionsTogether launches T-shirt to raise awareness of the Trade Union Bill

t-shirtUnionsTogether, the body representing the 13 unions affiliated to the Labour Party, has produced a T-shirt to campaign against the Trade Union Bill.

The Bill, which received its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday, has been opposed by unions, Amnesty, Liberty and other organisations which worry it restricts workers’ freedom to organise and take strike action.

A defiant TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady, told TUC Congress on Tuesday: “The campaign against this Bill is far from over.

“We will continue to oppose it at each stage through Parliament. And it was good to hear MPs from across the house recognise the huge threat this bill poses to civil liberties and fair treatment at work.

“Ministers have underestimated the public. People can see that allowing employers to bus in agency temps to break strikes will tip the balance of power in favour of employers.

“And requiring unions to report to the police and employers what they will post on Facebook or Twitter two weeks before a strike is an obvious waste of police time.”

Now UnionsTogether have designed a T-shirt to raise awareness of the campaign.

A statement said: “We are fundraising to help build our campaign against the Trade Union Bill. It weakens our voice at work, and weakens our voice in politics. It undermines the right to strike and makes it harder for unions and working people to win a fairer deal at work. It undermines freedom of speech, with new restrictions on protests and new red tape that makes it harder for unions to run political campaigns.”

UnionsTogether is supported by ASLEF, Bectu, BFAWU, Community, CWU, GMB, MU, NUM, TSSA, UACCT, UNISON, Unite, Unity and USDAW.

  • You can buy a T-shirt here.

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