Coun­cil­lors urged to op­pose con­tro­ver­sial bill

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang coun­cil­lors will this week be asked to back a mo­tion op­pos­ing the con­tro­ver­sial Trade Union Bill.

The mo­tion will be put to a meet­ing of the full coun­cil to­day (Wed­nes­day).

It has been brought for­ward by Coun­cil­lor John Men­zies, an SNP mem­ber for Hamil­ton West and Earnock.

The mo­tion reads: “South La­nark­shire Coun­cil wishes to recog­nise for­mally the pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion that trades unions and trade union mem­bers make in our work­places. This coun­cil val­ues the con­struc­tive re­la­tion­ship we have with our trades unions and recog­nises their com­mit­ment, and the com­mit­ment of all our staff, to the de­liv­ery of good qual­ity pub­lic ser­vices.

“SLC notes with con­cern the Trade Union Bill which is cur­rently be­ing pro­posed by the UK Gov­ern­ment and which would af­fect this coun­cil’s re­la­tion­ship with our trades unions and our work­force as a whole. SLC re­jects this Bill’s at­tack on lo­cal democ­racy and the at­tack on the Coun­cil’s right to man­age its own af­fairs.

“SLC is clear that fa­cil­ity time, ne­go­ti­ated and agreed by the Coun­cil and our trades unions to suit our own spe­cific needs, has a valu­able role to play in the cre­ation of good qual­ity and re­spon­sive lo­cal ser­vices and should not be de­ter­mined or con­trolled by gov­ern­ment in Lon­don.

“SLC is also happy with the ar­range­ments we cur­rently have in place for de­duct­ing trade union mem­ber­ship sub­scrip­tions through our pay­roll. The Coun­cil sees this as an im­por­tant part of pos­i­tive in­dus­trial re­la­tions and a sys­tem which is easy to ad­min­is­ter and sup­ports our staff. This is an ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ter for the Coun­cil and there should not be in­ter­fer­ence from the UK Gov­ern­ment.

“South La­nark­shire Coun­cil re­solves to sup­port the cam­paign against the un­nec­es­sary, anti-demo­cratic and bu­reau­cratic Trade Union Bill and fur­ther re­solves to seek to con­tinue its own lo­cally agreed in­dus­trial re­la­tions strat­egy by tak­ing ev­ery mea­sure pos­si­ble to main­tain its au­ton­omy with re­gard to fa­cil­ity time and the con­tin­u­ing use of check-off.”

The Bill has pre­vi­ously been crit­i­cised by coun­cil leader Ed­die McAvoy.

He de­scribed it as “an at­tempt to turn back the clock on the progress that has been made over the decades.”

If passed, the Bill could re­strict time spent on union ac­tiv­i­ties, ban the mech­a­nism where mem­bers can pay for their mem­ber­ship through their salary, and al­low em­ploy­ers to call in agency work­ers when employees go on strike.

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