Welsh Labour AMs have welcomed the passing of the Welsh Labour Governments Trade Union Bill.   The Legislation means that UK government rules aimed at destabilising the partnership between workers Trade Unions and their employers, will not apply in Welsh public services.

The Bill dis-applies certain sections of the UK Trade Union Act 2016 which, when they come into force, will inhibit established social partnership arrangements in public service workforce matters intruding on the delivery of Welsh public services. The Bill reverses provisions for particular ballot thresholds in Welsh public services and ensures that fairness and balance in Welsh workplace relationships between employers and trade unions are maintained.

It will ensure the common practice of negotiated and agreed facility time between public service employers and recognised trade unions continues and removes related powers on facility time reporting requirements. In preserving partnership arrangements, the Bill also reverses conditions on the provision of check-off in Welsh public services.

Pontypridd AM (and GMB and MU member), Mick Antoniw said:

“This Bill is about protecting the longstanding good relations we have in Welsh workplaces and stopping UK Government’s attempts to foster conflict in our vital public services.”

“The UK Trade Union Act was unnecessary and introduced confrontation into the relationship between employers and workers.  It was not only an attack on workers, but on Welsh public services and the economy.

“The Trade Union Bill is an example of how devolution works for the people of Wales, ensuring that mutual respect and cooperation, which is the heart of social partnership, continues in Welsh public sector workplaces.”



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