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Lewisham Labour stands up against the Trade Union Bill

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Today, thousands of working people are lobbying Parliament to demand that MPs throw out the Tory’s Trade Union Bill. 
 
The Trade Union Bill is a politically motivated attack that will hurt working people. It would introduce for the first time minimum thresholds for strike ballots that would make it much more difficult for unions to take action to protect their members. And when union members do have to go on strike, the bill would allow employers to replace them with agency staff, reducing the impact of strikes and the ability of unions to improve conditions for working people.​

Trade unions are vital to protecting working people rights. They fight for better pay and conditions, they protect people at work, and they help make the country a fairer place. 

The bill is unjust. The right to strike is a fundamental civil liberty. We already have amongst the most restrictive trade unions laws in the EU. This bill would break international rules and further restrict the ability of trade unions to protect their members. No other national or local election has minimum thresholds. 

The bill is unnecessary. Strikes are at historic lows, with the average number of days lost to industrial action currently ten times lower than in the 1980s. 

There is a large and growing opposition to the Trade Union Bill. Today thousands of people will be calling on MPs to throw out the bill and protect the rights of working people. 

Councillor Joe Dromey said ‘the Tory Trade Union Bill is a politically motivated attack on working people. Cameron is trying to finish the job Thatcher started by crushing the union movement. Unions are a force for good in our economy and we must stand together to fight this dangerous bill.’

Councillor Paul Bell said; “
On Sunday 8th November we will be remembering the sacrifices made by our armed forces in times of conflict. Sacrifices made so that we can enjoy our freedoms today. However, the Trade Union Bill is attack on them, as well as ordinary workers today because it undermines our democracy
.”

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