The North Ayrshire Labour Group has submitted a motion calling on North Ayrshire Council not to cooperate with the Tories Trade Union Bill.
Parts of the Bill will fundamentally change the Council’s relationship with trade unions including ending the check off arrangement (i.e the collection of union dues direct from employees pay), trade union facility time and the use of agency workers to weaken industrial action. Labour’s motion would see the Council refuse to implement these parts of the Bill.
Labour led Council’s across Scotland, including Glasgow and Renfrewshire, have committed not to cooperate and the North Ayrshire Labour Group hope to convince the SNP administration to work with them to take the same stance in North Ayrshire.
The Labour Councillors are also calling on the Scottish Government to use a legislative consent motion in the Scottish Parliament to oppose the implementation of the Bill across the Scottish public sector. That is a commitment that the Labour Welsh Assembly have given.
The motion, which will be presented at the next Full Council meeting on 4th November, will be proposed by Cllr Joe Cullinane and seconded by Cllr John Bell. With over a month until the meeting Labour are campaigning locally against the Bill and have been asking local people to show their support by co-signing the motion before the meeting.
Speaking about the motion Cllr Cullinane said,
“This Bill is an attack on workers right to organise for better pay, terms and conditions and safer workplaces. It must be opposed and that’s exactly what Labour are doing.”
“Labour Council’s in Scotland are leading the fight against it by refusing to cooperate. That’s an approach that we are asking North Ayrshire Council to follow. We should make it clear that we value the positive role trade unions play in maintaining good industrial relations and won’t implement the parts of this Bill that will affect that.”
“Having been out campaigning against the Bill I know that local people are supportive of our motion and many are actively taking part in our campaign by co-signing the motion. We want to build a strong opposition to the Bill locally and would urge others to show their support. Together we can fight this Bill and beat it.”