Joe has welcomed the decision of North Ayrshire Council to not cooperate with the Tory’s Trade Union Bill.
At Wednesday’s Council meeting Joe moved a motion of non-cooperation. Joe had submitted the motion six weeks earlier and had been campaigning to get people, including local trade unionists, to co-sign the motion. Following a discussion with SNP Councillors it was agreed that Joe’s motion would be seconded by Alan Hill, the deputy leader of the SNP administration. It ensured that the motion would pass.
A number of Scottish Labour led Councils had taken a non-cooperation position but it has been reported that North Ayrshire is the first SNP led authority to do so.
Speaking after the meeting Joe said;
“I am proud to have moved this motion and delighted that it has passed.”
“This Bill would adversely change the Council’s relationship with local trade unions. I have been clear, as a devolved body, we should make our own arrangements with trade unions and refuse to implement the proposed changes to check off arrangements and trade union facility time as well as pledge not to use agency workers to undermine industrial action as the Bill requests.”
“By passing this motion we are sending a message to the Tory’s that we value our relationship with local trade unions and respect their right to fight for fair pay, terms and conditions on behalf of their members. Because we do we will play no part in this attack on workers rights, the biggest such attack since the dark days of Thatcher.”
“Now that North Ayrshire Council has adopted this position my focus will turn to working with colleagues in the trade union movement to ensure its an approach that is taken across the public sector in Scotland. This will start by joining trade unionists from across Scotland at a lobby outside the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday ahead of their debate on the Bill."