Union wel­comes COSLA call

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

GMB Sc o t l a n d ha s wel­comed a state­ment by COSLA on the Trades Union Bill and called on lo­cal author­i­ties like South La­nark­shire to go fur­ther to pledge not to im­ple­ment the Bill if it be­comes law.

GMB says the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment should tell po­lice that new rules on pick­et­ing plans are not a pri­or­ity and that re­sources should not be di­verted from fight­ing crimes to im­ple­ment­ing them.

Gary Smith, act­ing sec­re­tary GMB Scot­land at the Labour Party Con­fer­ence, said: “Un­der the Bill, unions will be have to pub­lish pick­et­ing and protest plans 14 days in ad­vance of any in­dus­trial ac­tion.

The plan will then be pro­vided to the em­ployer, po­lice and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of­fi­cer.”

STUC wel­comed a state­ment of in­tent by COSLA to stand shoul­der to shoul­der with trade unions and sup­port work­place democ­racy.

Although South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is no longer a mem­ber of Cosla, coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy had pre­vi­ously voiced his op­pi­si­tion to the Trade Union Bill.

He de­scribed it as: “an at­tempt to turn back the clock”

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