Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary Grahame Smith said:
“This latest move represents another Government attempt to poison the employer/employee relationship and flies in the face of the progress we have made in Scotland to create a positive industrial relation landscape.
“Taking away the right of public sector employees to choose to have their union dues deducted at source is another attack on their basic rights and a naked attempt to tie up unions in red-tape to inhibit the effective representation of our members. Payroll payments for union membership are simple and popular and utilised by many of our biggest and most successful private companies. Any move to compel public sector employers to abandon such payroll deductions would be an attack on them too.
“However draconian the attacks, the Government will not succeed in its attempt to destroy trade unions that will respond by re-doubling their organising efforts and continuing to support our members.
“We are seeking urgent clarification as to the UK Government’s intentions with respect to public sector workers in devolved Scottish departments so that a fuller assessment of the threat Scottish public service workers can be undertaken.
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