It is not just the trade unions which are concerned about the Trades Union Bill. The community and voluntary sector National Coalition for Independent Action NCIA) is calling for action to oppose the Bill. It states:
‘Not content with punishing unemployed people, this Government is now turning its attention to working people (yes, those hard working people we hear so much about). The Trade Union Bill, if it becomes law, will impose a number of restrictions on the way that trade unions are able to operate. Most notably this includes the imposition of new thresholds for industrial action ballots, at a level which general elections can’t even satisfy. The legislation will also permit employers to employ agency workers to break lawful strikes as well as placing restrictions on peaceful picketing and protest, the role of union reps in the public sector and how unions collect and spend their money.
Taken together, the Bill is an attack on fundamental trade union rights and our rights to organise together in defence of poor working conditions.
If you want to protest, while you still can, or get involved in the campaign against the Bill, visit the web resources put together by the TUC, which includes an activists’ pack with campaign materials and more information on the Bill. You can find it all here: https://www.tuc.org.uk/tubill
And make your views known by 9th September 2015 https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/trade-union-bill’
More information about NCIA can be seen at http://www.independentaction.net/