An attack on our freedom!

The Trade Union Bill attacks the Trade Unions right to represent members, take industrial action and be an effective voice in the workplace. In short, it heralds the end of worker led representation and collective bargaining in the workplace. Handing all the power to the employer, if you think it’s bad now, wait until this Bill becomes law.

Cambridgeshire Trades Council recognise the real threat that this legislation holds and has pledged to oppose the Bill at every opportunity. Frances O’Grady sets out below the danger of this piece of legislation. The TUC have published a briefing about the bill and you can sign up to the national campaign to oppose the bill.

We need your help to defend our right to stand up for ourselves and fellow Trade Union members against the Tories proposed Trade Union Bill. Commenting on the publication of the Trade Union Bill our own UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis 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 rise or challenge the behaviour of bad employers.”  Cambridgeshire Trades Council adds, ‘this Bill covers everyone in the workplace, it is not restricted to essential services as the Tories would like us to believe’.

Join Trades Council members at the March in Manchester in October, and at the Lobby of Parliament in November and let this government know that we condemn this attack on our rights.

Will your MP defend your Right to Strike? Write to them now, asking them not to support this Bill Click HERE to write to your MP.

11 September Update: The TUC has submitted the linked document to an ILO Committee of Experts for consideration. The TUC argue that The Bill contains a wide range of restrictions on trade union freedom, which the TUC believes contravene a number of ILO Conventions ratified by the United Kingdom. The 30 page submission can be read HERE.

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Trades Council Secretary
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