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B1054 – Trade Union and Labour Relations Bill 2016

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    B1054 – Trade Union and Labour Relations Bill 2016, TSR Socialist Party

    Trade Union and Labour Relations Bill 2016
    An Act designed to repeal the ban against secondary action.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    1. Definitions
    1. 'Emergency industrial action' is any industrial action which is initiated within 21 days of planning for public sector or 7 days for private sector.
    2. Amendments
    1. Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992, Section 224, 1. shall be be repealed
    2. Section 224 1. shall read: 'Secondary action is protected and is considered lawful picketing'
    3. Industrial Action
    1. 'Emergency industrial action' may be initiated by a trade union without ballot; it may last no more than fourteen days.
    2. During a period of emergency action, a secret ballot of union members should be held to determine if action beyond fourteen days should occur, unless a resolution to the emergency action is reached within the fourteen day period.
    3. Secret balloting must be conducted within the workplace, with the option for union members to cast absentee votes through both a secure online system and the postal service.
    4. Commencement, short title and extent
    1. This Act shall commence immediately following Royal Assent.
    2. This Act may be referred to as the Trade Union Act 2016.
    3. The Act shall apply to Great Britain.
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    Trade Union and Labour Relations Act 1992
    We believe that people should be allowed to show solidarity with other people to try and help encourage change, it is only with this ability to act with together can we bring society together and unite everyone to make our country a better place.

    We also believe that unions should be able to initiate a strike in an emergency should conditions demand it, this ability to respond to situations as they develop is imperative if unions are going to survive in the modern fast paced world.

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    Very poorly thought out. The bill doesn't even prevent a union from initiating another secondary action immediately after another.

    In a perfect world, secondary action wouldn't be abused, but this isn't a perfect world now, is it?

    I don't see how anyone who thought about it for two minutes could agree to this
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    No, secondary action is one of the stupidest things to allow.
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    Abstaining
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    Nay. S224 is fundamentally reasonable because of this phrase: "and the employer under the contract of employment is not the employer party to the dispute."

    I like s3.
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    It is important for unions to have powers against abuse and dominance from other entities. It is a sensible bill but I feel that a ballot should always be required.
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    As much as I dislike the idea of secondary action (and trade unions and striking in general) the idea that the state should punish people for engaging in it is ridiculous so I am supportive of this bill.
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    Absitan currently. It goes too far in some areas for my liking.
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    Aye
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    Abstain - the general idea of protecting unions' right to strike is a good one, but I agree that a ballot should always be required.
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    Nay.
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    (Original post by Wellzi)
    Very poorly thought out. The bill doesn't even prevent a union from initiating another secondary action immediately after another.

    In a perfect world, secondary action wouldn't be abused, but this isn't a perfect world now, is it?

    I don't see how anyone who thought about it for two minutes could agree to this
    But you have to remember that people aren't paid in a strike, yes they could strike for years on end but at the end of the day money would win out.
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    Nay, as I believe there should always be a ballot. Secure online voting should be an option though, which is not presently allowed for.
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    (Original post by barnetlad)
    Nay, as I believe there should always be a ballot. Secure online voting should be an option though, which is not presently allowed for.
    Might want to check Hansard

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    I'm not sure why there would be 'emergency industrial action' and what's to stop tertiary picketing or more? This bill certainly has potential but I'd like to see a few things tightened up and clarified before I would vote aye.
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    A ballot is all that I'd suggest for this bill. We can't forget that some union leaders could easily bully others and it really doesn't make sense to have a ballot without all consenting persons.
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    I don't see why a ballot should be necessary for democratically elected union leaders to make a decision, especially since it obliges nobody personally to strike. Did we hold a referendum before intervening in Syria?
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    With the point that TDA just made I'm not sure how anyone who doesn't ideologically despise unions or industrial action could not vote in favour.

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    (Original post by Lime-man)
    With the point that TDA just made I'm not sure how anyone who doesn't ideologically despise unions or industrial action could not vote in favour.

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    I'm voting nay in its current form, I'm afraid, on the ground that I think s224 as currently written is reasonable.
 
 
 
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