The Trade Union Bill is a new set of laws that will severely restrict working peoples' ability to organise for their own rights and campaign for a more progressive society. At its core the TU Bill is an attack on Union members and working people all over the UK and goes after some of the most fundamental elements of being part of a Union. The toughest parts of the Bill include:
Attacks on the right to Strike
The Trade Union Bill goes after the very ability for union members to act collectively through withdrawing labour from the workplace, damaging our ability to win on important issues that will make a difference in the day to day lives of members. New measures include:
● Introduction of ‘Important public services’ definition for workers in health/education
● New voting thresholds will be introduced including
● Requirement for 50%+ eligible voters participate in industrial action ballots
● Requirement for ‘important public services’ to have a 40%+ yes vote of eligible voters
● Employers can use agency workers to break strikes
● Additional legal loopholes could still see industrial action stopped
Attack on DOCAS/Check off
The Bill will outlaw public sector employees paying their union fees through their pay (Known as DOCAS/check off), this will require all current DOCAS members to switch across to Direct Debit and will have a huge administrative burden on union members and UNISON and will result in a reduction in the resources we have to best support you at work.
Bill will restrict facility time for stewards
New powers will require all public sector employers to publish information on the amount of money used for trade union facilities, and give the Government the power to put a cap on facility time used by union Stewards to organise and represent members.
It’s vital we all take action
It is time for all of us to tell the Government to stop attacking working people. If the Government is successful these attacks could become a reality by February 2016, so the time to act is now.
1. Speak to three other people you work with about what is happening.
The more people that know about these attacks the harder it becomes for the Government to push them through.
2. Update your contact details so we can stay in touch. To update your details call UNISON Direct today on 0800 085 7857
3. Write to your member of Parliament today
We need to continue to apply as much pressure as possible on our decision makers in Parliament from every side to drop this bill and defeat the attacks we are under. The Bill is now being debated in the House of Lords. To find out more on writing to a member of Parliament, go to https://www.tuc.org.uk/get-involved
How do I get more involved?