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Trade Union Bill – Week of action

The government’s Trade Union Bill is now in the House of Lords and UNISON is fully backing the TUC-organised #heartunions week of action from 8 to 14 February 2016. The week will celebrate the great work done by union reps and members in workplaces and in society at large. We’re proud of our unions and […]

How to join the campaign against the Trade Union Bill

As part of our campaign to stop the government’s Trade Union Bill the TUC is organising a lobby of parliament on 2 November 2015. We want MPs to hear directly from their constituents that: The Bill threatens the right to strike Employers will be able to break strikes by bringing in agency workers to cover for […]

Why we oppose the Trade Union Bill

This autumn, MPs and peers will discuss the trade union bill – which threatens the basic right to strike. For the first time, employers will be able to break strikes by bringing in agency workers to cover for strikers. This could have big safety implications, lead to worse public services, and will undermine the right […]

A brief guide to the progress of the trade union bill through parliament

The Bill has now had both its first and seconds readings in the House of Commons and now moves onto the committee stage.  So, what does this mean for our campaign against it? At the first reading the title of the Bill was read out. That was it. No speeches and no debate. At the […]

Tell the police in advance before you post on Facebook and Twitter, says the government

What if you had to give two weeks’ warning to the police and your employer every time you wanted to post something important on Twitter or Facebook? The Trade Union bill currently before Parliament suggests unions do just that when they take action. Ridiculous? Yes. But also very scary, as unions may be just the […]

The Tory Trade Union Bill – Let us know what you think of it

The government’s latest attempt to prevent workers from campaigning for better pay and working conditions is set out in the recently published Trade Union Bill. Here are some of the things it will do: Impose such high turn out levels for strike ballots that if they were applied to elections would see most MPs not being […]

Attacks on unions are attacks on working people too, says UNISON

Attacks on unions are attacks on working people too, says UNISON Commenting on government proposals to prevent people who work in the public sector from paying their union membership fees directly from their wages, UNISON Eastern Regional Secretary Glyn Hawker said: “This latest malicious manoeuvre from ministers shows how far they are prepared to go […]

Benefits and ballots – Government puts the boot into workers’ rights

Not content with cutting in-work benefits for low paid workers the government has announced plans to make striking for higher pay even more difficult than it already is, if not completely impossible. The Institute for Fiscal Studies says that families with young children could be up to £1,000 a year worse off because of the […]

Trade Union Bill proves the government is not on the side of working people, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of the Trade Union Bill today (Wednesday) UNISON regional secretary Glyn Hawker, said: “The Bill proves that the government is not on the side of working people. These unfair changes will make it much harder for nurses, teaching assistants, midwives and other public sector workers to ever strike for a pay […]

Government sides with exploitative bosses

Following the new Business Secretary Sajid Javid’s remarks over changes to strike laws that are to be included in the Queen’s Speech UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The government has only been in power a matter of days and it has already come down on the side of exploitative bosses. “These unfair proposals will […]