Union bill will make it harder for workers

The publication of the trade union bill suggests that the Government is hell-bent on neutering those trade unions who fight back against unscrupulous bosses.

What Maggie Thatcher and Norman Tebbit started in the 1980s, David Cameron, it appears, now wants to finish.

I find it sickening, but that should come as no surprise.

The legislation is intended to make effective strike action, particularly in the public sector, well-nigh impossible.

Not only will it introduce a 50 per cent threshold for ballot turnout, there will be an additional threshold of 40 per cent of support to take industrial action from all members eligible to vote in the key health, education, fire, transport, border security and nuclear-decommissioning sectors.

It will also repeal a ban on the use of agency workers to strike-break, introduce a four-month time limit on the mandate for industrial action, and impose tighter laws on picketing.

I believe this bill is an unnecessary attack on workers’ rights and civil liberties that will shift the balance of power in the workplace.

Getting a pay rise or defending terms and conditions will become far harder for working people.

And measures to undermine unions’ political funds appear to be an attempt to bankrupt the Labour Party by a Tory Party reliant on city fat cats, bankers and hedge fund managers for money.