Seeking to restrict the activities of Trade Unions
The UK Government has introduced to Parliament the Trade Union Bill which seeks to restrict the activities of trade unions.
The proposed measures include: placing a range of additional administrative burdens on unions; limiting the right to strike; and allowing agency workers to be used to break strikes.
Facility Time: Facility time allows trained trade union representatives to spend some of their working day supporting and representing members with individual problems, working with managers to head–off possible disputes, making workplaces safer and promoting learning opportunities, all of which benefits both the employer and the employee. The bill requires employers to report on how much facility time has been agreed with unions. The Bill also contains a reserve power that would allow a Minister to cap arbitrarily the level of facility time employers are permitted to agree.
Payment of Union Subs via payroll: The Bill allows the Government to outlaw the use of Check-off or Deduction of Contributions at Source (DOCAS) systems for trade union subscriptions. Payroll deductions are used in a variety of ways by employers, with the consent of their employees, and can include deductions for charitable giving, pension contributions and bike loans. At present the Government is proposing only to prevent union subscriptions being paid through the payroll, and not looking at any of the other deductions made.
Join the campaign against the un-necessary, anti-democratic and bureaucratic Trade Union Bill.
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The Trade Union Bill currently before Parliament is unfair, unnecessary and undemocratic.
UNISON is campaigning with the TUC and other unions to oppose this attack on the rights of working people and their unions.
Sign the online petition to stop employers using agency temps to break strikes.
As the Conservative Party Conference meets in Manchester this year, thousands of trade union members and supporters will march through the city, taking a clear message to the party about its government’s damaging programme of austerity and attacks on the rights of working people and their unions.
For more details, see the TUC website.
UNISON is backing the TUC’s housing charter for young people in the private rented sector.
The charter calls for urgent action by the government to address the housing crisis facing young people today and to strengthen tenants’ rights and conditions by making private renting more affordable, secure and decent.
Continue reading UNISON BACK TUC YOUNG WORKERS HOUSING CHARTER