Kelly at­tacks union law

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen MSP James Kelly has chal­lenged his Tory op­po­nent Tay­lor Muir to op­pose the Trade Union Bill.

Mr Kelly called the bill“spite­ful”, adding:“The Tory can­di­date in Ruther­glen should do the de­cent thing and op­pose the Trade Union Bill in its en­tirety.

“The bill is both un­nec­es­sary and un­help­ful. It is noth­ing more than an ide­o­log­i­cally-driven at­tempt by the Tories to at­tack work­ers by re­mov­ing their rights and un­der­min­ing their rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“There is no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for it. In­dus­trial dis­putes are at a his­tor­i­cally low level and in­tro­duc­ing thresh­olds for bal­lots and treat­ing ab­sten­tions as no votes for in­dus­trial ac­tion is sim­ply anti-demo­cratic.

“As a proud mem­ber of a trade union I am stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der with lo­cal work­ers in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.”

In re­sponse Mr Muir said the right to strike is“fun­da­men­tally im­por­tant”. But he added:“What I be­lieve has to change is the sit­u­a­tion where a strike can be called, of­ten clos­ing schools or even the Lon­don Un­der­ground, based on a poll where very few mem­bers voted at all.

“If work­ers feel they have ex­hausted all other op­tions and choose to go on strike then they must be able to do so.

“How­ever, this gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to making sure that strike ac­tion truly re­flects a de­sire of a ma­jor­ity of the union, not of the few mem­bers who felt strongly enough to vote.”

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