I have recently been contacted by a number of constituents who are about the Government’s Trade Union Bill which passed its Second Reading on 14 September.
As a former trade union organiser I share these concerns about this Bill. The proposal to impose a minimum 50% turnout for strike action is fundamentally undemocratic. The Bill would also mean that public sector strikes would require the support of at least 40% of eligible members. This sort of threshold is not imposed for any other democratic elections so I don’t see why strike ballots should be treated differently.
This Bill seeks to limit the use of trade union political funds. These are essential to unions who want to campaign politically. Not all unions with these funds affiliate to the Labour Party and even when they do, only a small portion of the fund is paid in affiliation fees to the Labour Party.