SLC will not use agency work­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil will not use agency staff to break strikes.

That was the vow from coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy this week as the Trade Union Bill which is con­sid­ered in the House of Com­mons.

Coun­cil­lor McAvoy said the Labour ad­min­is­tra­tion was op­posed to the Bill, say­ing it would make it harder for work­ers to take in­dus­trial ac­tion to de­fend both their rights and the in­dus­tries they work in.

He said:“The Labour Party and the work­ing peo­ple of Bri­tain have fought to­gether for more than a cen­tury to win bet­ter work­ing con­di­tions and to end ex­ploita­tion.

“This Bill is an at­tempt to turn back the clock on the progress that has been made over the decades.

“This is the sort of at­tack on the rights of work­ing peo­ple that even Mar­garet Thatcher’s gov­ern­ment couldn’t force through, and we need to stand up to this right wing agenda once again.

“South La­nark­shire Coun­cil will not co­op­er­ate with the gov­ern­ment on this and I call on the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to do ev­ery­thing in its power to make sure that this Bill does not im­pinge on the rights of the tens of thou­sands of peo­ple who de­liver Scot­land’s vi­tal public ser­vices.”

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