On the Trade Union Bill

The Trade Union Bill is not only an attack on working people and rights at work, but on democracy itself.

Trade unions represent over six million people. Trade union members are the people we all rely on, every day. From nurses to refuse workers, train drivers to carers, firefighters to steel workers and shop workers.

This Bill makes it harder for people who are already struggling to stand up for themselves. It is an attempt to tie the hands of people at work, rigging the rules in favour of the powerful.

It is not only an assault on the basic right to strike, a cornerstone of democratic rights around the world, but on the fabric of democracy, including the Labour Party and political opposition.

I urge all MPs to listen to their constituents and oppose this damaging and punitive bill. If it does become law, Labour will reverse it – and strengthen rather than weaken people’s rights at work.