Harlow Labour leader slams government plans over anti-strike laws
News / Wed 11th Jan 2023 pm31 12:57pm
THE LEADER of Harlow Labour has slammed the Tory government plans that could see unions could be sued if they do not provide minimum levels of fire, ambulance and rail services, under planned anti-strike laws.
Councillor Chris Vince said: “It’s the Conservative government’s failure which has led to the worst strikes in decades not the unions and not our hard working nurses, postal workers and other workers now feeling that their only option is to take industrial action. Now, instead of participating in meaningful talks to resolve them, the government are trying to force through anti-worker legislation to fire nurses and teachers as part of an on going smoke screen to hide what a terrible job they are doing of running the country.
“Let’s be clear, no one wants to go on strike, for most people that strike they are doing so knowing that they are going without pay. However, for those people who are taking that tough decision they are doing so because they’ve faced over a decade of real terms pay cuts which means now they are having to choose between heating their homes and feeding their families. Currently we have nurses, those key workers who supported this country at it’s time of need, being forced to go to foodbanks to feed their families and qualifying for universal credit because their pay is so low. We know that the amount of people claiming ‘in work’ benefits is at an all time high!
“The Conservatvies need to negotiate not legislate. I am proud that if this terrible anti worker bill is passed, that the next Labour government will repeal it”.
As a local UNISON steward in the Eastern Region and a Local Government Regional Committee member we need to know that the Labour Party is standing with us in our reasonable demands to have safe work places, less staff shortages and above poverty pay. Thanks for your solidarity with workers.
Shame on this government. This is the wrong time to shut people down. Peaceful protesting must be allowed.
I'm sure that every single one of the 60-something % of Harlow who voted for Brexit, think it's great that strikes are being made illegal. After all, they were promised that leaving the EU would INCREASE protections for British workers, not reduce them. Back in 2016 when they said that leaving the EU would improve workers’ rights, this is exactly what they meant - reducing workers rights. It wasn't printed on the side of a bus, but it was yet another obvious lie. Sacking workers when there are 1000's, 10,000's, or 100,000's of unfilled vacancies is just the monumentally incompetent thing to expect from 13 years of Tory mismanagement.
Not sure that this legislation will prevent anyone from striking or protesting. My understanding is that it will require some public’s service organisations to provide a minimum service during periods of strikes which seems half sensible. ‘New laws will allow government to set minimum levels of service which must be met during strikes to ensure the safety of the public and their access to public services’
If they want to withdraw their labour, withdraw their private sector-paid salaries. They'll soon return to their jobs that carry well above average salaries and gold-plated, final salary pensions.
Mr Lindsay, public sector pensions are no longer final salary, they are career average. The change was made in 2014 for Local Government and 2015 for other public sector workers. The 'gold-plated' evidence for this is from the House of Commons Library: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9177/
Tory government claims of bringing UK strike rules into line with Europe are LIES. The European Trade Union Confederation said in a press release today: "European Trade Union Confederation General Secretary Esther Lynch said: “The UK already has among the most draconian restrictions on the right to strike in Europe, and the UK government’s plans would push it even further away from normal, democratic practice across Europe. “If the UK Government are really interested in learning from the best practice in Europe, they would sit down with trade union representatives to negotiate a fair deal as soon as possible, and they would not respond to strikes by bringing in more restrictive legislation.” https://www.etuc.org/en/pressrelease/anti-strike-law-puts-uk-outside-mainstream