As reported in today's Barnsley Chronicle, on Monday 2 November, Michael met with constituents who travelled to Parliament to voice their concerns about the Government’s Trade Union Bill, which is set to be the most significant, sustained and partisan attack on trade union members in a generation.
Michael met with constituents Mick Stowe, Elaine Shelton and Steve Clarke to hear their concerns that the Trade Union Bill will see a curbing of democratic rights, a suppression of civil liberties, and an attempt to silence the voice of ordinary working people. The meeting took place as part of a mass lobby of MPs, allowing people up and down the country to express their fears about the Trade Union Bill.
The Bill is scheduled to return to the House of Commons for its ‘Report Stage’ on Tuesday 10 November. Labour is completely opposed to the Trade Union Bill and will continue to highlight its dangerous content in Parliament.
Commenting, Michael said:
“The Trade Union Bill would deliver a serious and damaging blow to industrial relations and it could actually result in more cases of industrial action by making it more difficult for employees and management to avoid disputes. This is bad for workers’ rights, bad for employee morale and bad for business.
“We need to encourage dialogue and cooperation between employers, employees and their unions, but all we have seen from this Tory Government is divisive rhetoric and legislation.”