Help us fight the trade union bill by writing to the House of Lords and your MP
The Trade Union Bill if passed as Legislation will limit the powers of the unions, impose limits on what we can do for our members and how we represent them. It directly attacks our right to strike and changes the balance of power with in the workplace. The Bill is currently in the House of Lords and has had its second reading. It will go to committee where it is read line by line and amendments made.
The Lords have already identified that the Opt-in for the political fund needs further scrutiny so we need our members to write to both the House of Lords and your local MP.
We need to make sure our voices are heard. You can write to the House of Lords and your MP at: https://www.writetothem.com/
For information on how to address a member of the House of Lords please follow this link: http://www.parliament.uk/business/lords/whos-in-the-house-of-lords/how-to-address-a-lord/
Proposals you may wish to discuss in your letter:
- We are pleased to see that further scrutiny of the Opt -in to the political fund is been considered.
- Docas and the proposals to stop unions taking members fees directly from wages, the inconvenience to you
- The thresholds required for strikes, 50% of members must turn out to vote and 40% of the entire membership must vote in favour (that amounts to 80% of those voting, on a 50% turnout). How this will prevent you from having ay bargaining power in your workplace.
- Employers will be able to use agency workers when members are on strike. Explain how this will limit the impact of any industrial action.
- The government will be able to cap the time public sector employers allow union reps to spend representing members. These moves will reduce unions’ ability to represent their members and resolve disputes before they escalate. Has a rep helped you in the workplace and how this will affect you if reps have less time to represent their members.
For more information on trade union Bill please go to: https://www.tuc.org.uk/about-bill
Members of the House of Lords you could write to:
Baroness Boothroyd of Sandwell Cross Bench peer
Lord Tomlinson Of Walsall Labour Peer
Lord Snape Of Wednesbury Labour Peer
Baroness Crawley of Edgbaston Labour Peer
Lord Fowler of Sutton Coldfield Conservative peer
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour Peer
Lord Jordon of Bournville Labour Peer
Lord Morris of Handsworth Labour Peer
Baroness Morris of Yardley Labour Peer
Lord Rooker of PerryBar Labour Peer