Unions keep up campaign against trade union bill
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The FPSU trade union confederation coordinated protests and picketing outside the parliament on 2-3 December as part of its long-running campaign against legislation that is set to seriously curtail trade union and worker rights. The legislation has been attacked by international trade union bodies and criticised by the International Labour Organisation. The legislative process has also involved the repeal of many laws on health and safety. At the same time, unions are calling on changes to the state budget to ensure increases in the minimum wage and state pension as well as action to address
(May 2016) Campaigning and lobbying by trade unions has led to some changes in the Trade Union Bill. For public service unions it is particularly important that proposals to restrict check-off (automatic deducation of trade union contributions) and facility time for trade union representatives have been watered down. Several other anti-union measures have been removed or revised. However, there are still major problems with the draft legislation, particularly, the proposed voting thresholds for strikes in certain public services. Read more at Unison.