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Trade union bill will undermine our fundamental human right to protest – Cable

Vince Cable and TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady write for The Guardian:

The Conservative government plans legislation later this year that will heavily circumscribe workersโ€™ already limited freedom to take industrial action…

Several major changes are envisaged, all of which were considered by the coalition and rejected on their merits by Lib Dem ministers (who had absolutely no self-interest in defending trade unions that sometimes seemed as angry with them as the Conservatives, if not more). But the Lib Dems simply regarded the proposals as ideologically driven, unnecessary and bad policy…

The Conservative proposals are ideological rather than practical and have a weak evidential and legal basis. An opportunity is being missed to work with unions on a positive and forward-looking basis. Unions represent a substantial and, now, growing proportion of the workforce. Many good employers, private and public sector, work constructively with unions to raise productivity, and thence pay. As the TUC has argued, we should be seeking to strengthen industrial democracy, involving the workforce in genuine consultation around the transition to a digital age, in training and worker education and โ€“ yes โ€“ in pay differentials from top to bottom.

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