Public meeting called to help defend Trade Union rights

Unions seeking to defend rights from Tory attack
Unions seeking to defend rights from Tory attack

MORAY TRADES UNION Council is calling on people to join them in fighting Conservative plans to change union rights.

An open meeting is to be held next month where Dave Moxham, the deputy general secretary of the Scottish Trade Union Council, will speak about ways that Trade Unionists can defend their workplace rights.

Larry Easton, secretary of the Moray TUC, said: “This Trade Union Bill being brought forward is the single biggest attack on Trade Union rights in a generation.

“It is vital that local trade unionists are aware of the implications for them taking part in basic activities. As a local group we are totally opposed to the changes and invite all local Trade Unionists to join us to discuss the changes and their implications here in Moray.”

Proposed measures within the Bill include ballot thresholds for strike action, changes to rules regarding organisations taking on agency staff during strikes and an increase on the notice required prior to strike action.

Graham Smith General Secretary of the STUC, commented following the publication of the Trade Union Bill: “This Bill is vindictive, unfair and unnecessary. It is an attack on the fundamental human right of workers to withdraw their labour, a right enshrined in international Conventions to which the UK is a signatory and which it will now contravene.

“It is a Bill that tramples over our civil liberties and should be of concern not just to workers but to everyone who values the right to peaceful protest.”

The meeting will be held on November 5 at 7.30pm in the Seaforth Club in Elgin.