GMB VOWS TO BUILD TRADE UNION POWER IN FACE OF GOVERNMENT ATTACK
Restrictive Trade Union Act comes into force today as GMB challenges PM’s claim to be on workers’ side and calls for rights at work fit for 21st Century
GMB, Britain’s General Union, commented today as the controversial Trade Union Act 2016 came into force.
The legislation imposes new rules on industrial action, additional restrictions on balloting and reporting requirements on trade unions – including:
· Requirements for 50% turn out in ballots
· 14 days’ notice of industrial action rather than 7
· 6 months life for all ballots (unless agreed up to 9 months with the employer)
· More detailed reporting requirements on action and so on to the Certification Officer including ballot results and expenditure of political funds which will be made public
· New rules on supervision of picketing
The union said the vindictive measures were designed to undermine the role of unions in protecting workers.
Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:
“For all Theresa May’s warm words about leading “the party of the workers”, today’s implementation of the Trade Union Act shows the true colours of her Government.
“Make no mistake that these vindictive measures are divisive and damaging, undermining trade unions’ ability to defend members – at the very time when workers need collective representation more than ever.”
“Not a day goes by without new stories of exploitation and insecure employment in the so-called gig economy. If they think they will silence them, they’ve got another thing coming.”
“GMB will continue to work tirelessly in the face of repression to build union power, fighting on the side of ordinary working people and taking on unscrupulous employers.”
“We desperately need rights at work fit for the Twenty First Century and our union at will be at the forefront of the battle to win them.”
GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org