Posted: Sun 20th Mar 2016

Trade Union Bill Should “Not Be Pursued” Says First Minister

This article is old - Published: Sunday, Mar 20th, 2016

First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones today called on the UK Government to withdraw the controversial Trade Union Bill in light of yesterday’s overwhelming defeat in the House of Lords. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In January, the National Assembly of Wales opposed the application to Wales of key provisions in the UK Government’s Trade Union Bill. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Carwyn Jones said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This Bill is damaging, divisive, intrudes on the delivery of public services in Wales. The Lords vote yesterday reflects the overwhelming opposition to this Bill across the country from all quarters. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We made our position on the Bill clear in the National Assembly at the start of the year, believing implementation of the Bill will lead to a confrontational relationship between employers and workforce. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It contrasts sharply with the constructive social partnership approach in Wales – valuing the workforce, supporting public services and encouraging enterprise. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We are pleased the Lords have agreed with us that the Bill is flawed and should not be pursued in its current form. It is time for a fundamental re-think by the UK Government, one which respects the democratic will of the people of Wales.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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