Dear Editor, " Northern Voices "
8 - 14 February 2016 is #heartunions week
Over six million working people and their families are supported by their unions
Trades unions helped workers win health and safety law, fair wages,
maternity and paternity pay and a better deal at work.
Without trade unions, we would have no paid holidays.
Days lost to industrial action are at an all-time low as unions these
days are settling concerns at work before they become disputes.
Over six million working people and their families are supported by
their unions. They are the drivers, carers, paramedics, oil workers,
cabin crew, scientists – you name it, they’re in a union – of the
So why does this Conservative government want to crush our trade unions?
The (anti) trade union bill is making its way through Parliament. It
has been slammed by managers, ex-ministers and even the government’s
own regulators, denounced as ‘not fit for purpose’ and dangerously
`ideological’. Even Tory MPs feel unease about it with one saying it
was akin to something found in `Franco’s Spain’.
Despite being repeatedly asked by MPs what is the ' problem’ these
measures were designed to solve, Tory ministers have no answer.
But when this bill becomes law, the workers of these isles will be the
poorest protected, easiest to mistreat in the EU.
Quite an achievement for a government that pledged to be the “ party
of the working people’.
In May when the local elections come I will be going to the polls, and
urging my friends and family to do so too, with this one thing in mind
– the Tory government is no friend of working people.