Star Letters: ‘War’ on unions bill should be scrapped

‘War’ on unions bill should be scrapped

I am very proud to be a member of a trade union and the honour to serve our members as an elected national executive member.

However, I am appalled at what I feel is a ‘war’ on people like me carried out by this government.

My union Unite has supported not just me but the rest of manufacturing industry during the recent very tough years.

Unite and our members have fought for better pay, saved jobs (including whole industries), supported skills and apprenticeships, ensured we have decent health and safety at work; defended communities, our NHS, public services, worked closely with companies to raise productivity and bring work to the UK.

The Tory government is now planning pernicious new laws that further shackle and attack the vital work unions do. It is a further attack on the democracy of workers showing Cameron’s hypocrisy whose Government was elected by a mere 24 per centof the electorate. If the same rules were applied to politicians there would not be one councillor elected to office and only an handful of MPs.

Instead, they should be thanking working people and their unions for putting our shoulders to the wheel during the recession, for working cooperatively with employers to find solutions to problems at work.

The Government’s hatred of unions will result in very bad laws for the British people. Their appalling Trade Union Bill will not modernise industrial relations, but will make disputes more bitter.

Were the Government truly interested in improving things at work, then they would not be undermining basic rights – and were they truly interested in raising turnouts in strike ballots, they would be bringing modern, secure voting to workplaces.

The land of Magna Carta should not be legislating to make lawful strikes all but impossible, and our government should not be seeking to silence people on social media.

As senior Tory MP David Davis says, the Trade Union Bill is like something from the dark days of Spanish dictator General Franco and the fascist state.

Some of the conditions in the proposed new laws like labels and armbands are like something from Hitler’s Germany in the 1930s.

Nobody wants this Bill – not the police, the HR managers, agency labour employers, nor civil rights groups. It has no place in modern-day Britain. It should be scrapped, now.

Ged Dempsey

6 thoughts on “Star Letters: ‘War’ on unions bill should be scrapped

  1. It is amazing how the rest of the trade union movement stood by whilst the NUM had it’s funds sequestrated, were stopped from moving around the country; and attacked every day by a police force that had become an army. You stood by and watched our industry being murdered, thousands of miners put on the dole. We warned you all that if you allowed the Tories to destroy us the rest of the trade union movement would fall. The reason the Tories feel able to push this through is because of the weakness of the trade union movement and it’s leaders, also the cowards that are the TUC and new Labour. This does not mean I accept the plan I believe strongly that it has to be resisted but the question is do the trade unions have the leaders with the guts to defy the bill; I very much doubt it.
    Dave Smith


    • Hi Dave

      Most of my worked in building trades and coal mining as miners or craft workers.

      I was brought up in a close knit mining village at Darfield with many mates and my brother working at the pits. The area used to be thriving before the local pits were butchered and had its heart ripped out.

      I have worked in print since leaving school and was active in the pit strike and solidarity in many other disputes and struggles. Our print unions the nga and sogat supported miners and communities. As you know that bitch also targeted us as the strongest private sector union. Warrington bristol and wapping being just 3 disputes.


  2. People will have to be willing to go to jail as Shrewsbury building workers.

    Mike Hicks did for Sogat during Wapping dispute with Murdoch and prison officers and prisoners respected him


  3. I lived in Bristol at the time and Bristol branches of UCATT supported Miners in South Wales and took collections outside of supermarkets. The Labour movement in Bristol too regular van loads of donations across the Severn Bridge and this was acknowledged after the strike by South Wales Miners..
    So to many the accusation of doing nothing for the miners is low and insulting.


  4. I am not talking about rank and file members who did a magnificent job in raising money and food for the miners; I am talking about the leaders of the unions, most of whom snubbed Scargill at the TUC and Labour Party conference. Why didn’t they lead solidarity strikes to support the miners, because they were afraid of putting at risk their own highly paid cushy jobs. Not one union came out on strike to support the miners; so don’t hold your breath if you think these cowards will lead any kind of fight against the anti-union laws.
    Dave Smith


    • Our print union members in former Fleet Street stopped the press and demanded and got front page right of reply in newspapers

      Eddie shah and Murdoch was backed up to hilt by establishment to break unions


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