FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY 14 SEPTEMBER – 6PM – PARLIAMENT SQUARE
TRADE UNIONISTS TO PROTEST FOR THE RIGHT TO STRIKE OUTSIDE PARLIAMENT
The Trade Union Bill has its second reading in Parliament on Monday 14 September. Trade Unionists and campaigners will protest outside Parliament at 6pm calling on the government not to bury workers’ rights.
The demonstration outside Parliament will call for a right to strike, against existing anti-union laws as well as the proposed Trade Union Bill. Campaigners will demand the right to have workplace ballots, for the right to strike over “political issues” and the right to strike in solidarity with others.
Right to Strike (1) campaigner Ruth Cashman said “the proposed Trade Union Bill severley restricts people’s right to organise to fight for better conditions at work. The lifting of the ban on the use of agency workers to replace striking workers, and the criminalisation of picketing is calculated to make strikes less effective.”
“The government claims they are introducing these restrictions in the name of democracy, but if they really wanted trade unions to be more democratic they would repeal laws which demand unions use postal ballots instead of workplace ballots” said Right to Strike campaigner Gemma Short. “many members of the government were not elected on 40% of the electorate (2), and that’s in an election with lots of publicity in which it would be very difficult to forget to vote.”