date: 8 February 2016
embargo: For immediate release
A leaked ministerial letter made public today (Monday) has revealed that ministers expect the House of Lords to defeat "flagship" parts of the Trade Union Bill.
The letter outlines a series of changes ministers want in the Bill. These include:
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“The TUC continues to oppose the Trade Union Bill in its entirety. However, we are pleased that ministers recognise that large parts of it are not fit for purpose.
“This letter exposes the huge legal and constitutional problems the Bill will face if it is to come into law in Scotland and Wales. And it recognises the independence of the Certification Officer is under threat.
“The changes discussed in this correspondence are important. However, they do not go far enough. While ministers are right to call for check-off arrangements to remain in Scotland and Wales, they are still planning on banning public sector employers in England from deducting union subs from payroll.
“And holding a review into electronic balloting without an end date is simply not good enough. If online balloting is safe and secure enough for the Conservatives to select their candidate for London Mayor, there can be no excuse for delaying its introduction for union members.”
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