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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November 2, 2015

Trade Union Bill: End of Committee Stage

Last week the Committee Stage of the Tories’ Trade Union Bill drew to a close. Our Labour team listened as Tory Minister Nick Boles tried to present the Bill as an altruistic attempt to help modernise trade union practices. Well I’m afraid Nick, it didn’t work.

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October 29, 2015

Trade Union Bill: Committee Stage

Last Tuesday marked the beginning of the Committee Stage of the Trade Union Bill, which I have been selected to sit on. After the Second Reading debate of the bill before Conference over a month ago, this was round two in our fight of the battle of arguments against the Tories in the House of Commons. We were ready.

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September 15, 2015

Trade Union Bill Debate

Yesterday I spoke in the debate about the Trade Union Bill. I am absolutely opposed to this bill, which is an ideological attack on the rights of working people, as well as being a partisan attack on the Labour Party. As so many members wanted to speak, I was limited to just four minutes, so below is the full text …

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September 10, 2015

Trade Union Bill

This despicable Trade Union Bill must be opposed by all who value freedom The Tories’ Trade Union Bill is illegal, illiterate and illiberal. Illegal because it breaches the UK’s international legal obligations. Illiterate because it is incoherent, inconsistent, bureaucratic and nonsensical. And illiberal because it requires government officials to snoop into union affairs, seize documents and impose fines – all at the union’s own expense.   The Trade …

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