June 11, 2020

Sunday Trading Laws

You may have heard that the UK Government are considering proposals to relax Sunday trading laws in order to boost the retail sector as the lockdown continues to be eased. Labour is opposed to this, as is the trade union representing retail workers, USDAW. The impact of the Coronavirus lockdown on shops and retail businesses has been huge – and …

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February 14, 2020

❤️ Unions Week 2020

This week is Heart Unions Week. A week that highlights the good work that trade unions do every day to offer everyone a voice at work and a chance to tell the story about why unions are vital for everyone at work, and encourage people who aren’t yet in a union to join.  I am proud to be the the …

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January 27, 2020

Backing USDAW’s Campaign to Protect Shop Workers from Violence

Usdaw, the trade union representing shop workers is calling for new legislation to protect shop workers from violence. Statistics released by the Office of National Statistics last week show a 14% rise in the number of police recorded incidents of shoplifting in England and Wales over the last decade, which Usdaw highlight as the main trigger for violence, threats and …

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October 31, 2018

Women Trade Unionists making a Difference Beyond the Workplace

Not being able to afford to buy sanitary products is embarrassing and demeaning. Period poverty is a big issue across the country. Eight years of austerity policy from the coalition and subsequent Tory Governments has directly contributed to this shameful state of affairs. That’s why I met with women trade unionists from my union, GMB, in parliament to help them …

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August 29, 2018

Will There Be Peace in Colombia?

In November 2016 an historic Peace Agreement was signed in Cartagena, Colombia, designed to bring an end to the decades long civil war in this most beautiful of countries. A civil war that had seen thousands of people murdered, disappeared and tortured including trade unionists, human rights defenders and social leaders. Colombia was the most dangerous place in the world …

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February 28, 2018

Solidarity with Striking University Staff

Pensions aren’t the most exciting topic of conversation, but ensuring we have financial security after retirement is becoming more and more important as we live for longer. Representing a university constituency with tens of thousands of students and university staff naturally means I have taken a very keen interest in the current pensions dispute between the University and College Union …

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April 28, 2016

Trade Union Bill Back in the House of Commons

The Trade Union Bill was back in the House of Commons yesterday for us to debate and vote on the amendments to the Bill that the House of Lords had passed. When we finished the debate and vote last night, I had very mixed feelings. We had, through a very effective campaign and hard work by the trade union and …

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November 12, 2015

Trade Union Bill: Third Reading and Report Stage

On Tuesday 10th November the Trade Union Bill reached report and third reading stage in the House of Commons. I attended the whole of the debate, together with Labour colleagues, armed with the arguments to demonstrate the vindictive, pernicious nature of this Bill and its impact on over 6 million trade unionists across the country. We were united in our opposition …

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November 5, 2015

Trade Union Lobby of Parliament

On Monday, trade union members from around the UK came to Parliament to oppose the Trade Union Bill. I met with trade union members from Cardiff and across Wales to listen to grave concerns about the Bill and how it will erode democratic rights at work. I was able to explain how I have scrutinised and opposed every clause of the …

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