Union welcomes COSLA call
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”