1pm Scottish Parliament & 2.30pm public gallery
Trade unionists will today lobby the Scottish Parliament calling for united opposition to the Trade Union Bill and support for the view that aspects of the Bill should be subject to Legislative Consent. If that is denied by Westminster, the Scottish Government should refuse to comply with key provisions.
STUC General Secretary Grahame Smith said:
“The Trade Union Bill, if passed, will undermine the basic right to assembly, the right to strike and the right to free speech. It will also infringe upon the autonomy of the Scottish Parliament.
"The aspects of this bill which seek to dictate to the Scottish Government how it should operate its devolved function as a public sector employer - caps on facility time and the banning of check-off - should not be enacted against the will of the Scottish Parliament.
“The Parliament should also clearly state a view that the Scottish Government as an employer should refuse to apply other provisions of the Bill such as the use of agency workers to break strikes. This would bring it into line with many Scottish councils, of all political complexions which have undertaken to do the same thing.”
For more information Dave Moxham 0141 337 8100