Trade Union Bill is an attack on our rights


The government's Trade Union Bill is a blatant attack on the rights and freedoms of ordinary working people.

Yesterday, I was proud to speak in the debate and vote against this Bill in parliament, and to hear the fantastic speeches of my colleagues on the Labour benches. You can read my full speech by clicking here, or you can watch it here.

The Bill is beyond anything even Thatcher could have dreamt of. Right wing Tory MP David Davis has even described it as resembling one of Europe's most oppressive dictatorships. 

Among a host of draconian measures, the Bill would force trade unions to win a vote threshold for taking strike action way above and beyond what the vast majority of MPs have achieved, and ridiculously would even force unions to inform government of the tweets and Facebook posts it intended to publish two weeks before doing so.

Measures such as these have no place in a democratic society. I and my Labour colleagues will continue to oppose any threat to limit the freedoms of ordinary working people.


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