Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Liz Kendall launches a petition to defend trade union rights!

The Tories have announced draconian new anti-trade union laws that will undermine the rights of working people to defend themselves. Given that MPs and the government themselves do not reach the "threshold" that they demand of unions this is a blatant attempt to wreck the unions and undermine the Labour Party.

The Independent  points out:

Sajid Javid, the business secretary, has unveiled plans to ban strikes by key public sector workers unless they are supported by at least 40 per cent of all of those eligible to vote.

But taking a look at the results of his own Bromsgrove constituency in May's general election reveals that he himself was supported by just 38.3 per cent of the 74,000 people eligible to vote in his seat.

Mean while Liz Kendall, a contender for the leadership of the Labour Party writes:

This is a blatant political attack on the labour movement - and I will fight to oppose it.

I promised right at the start of this leadership content that I would oppose any attacks on trade unions or rights at work as Labour leader and reverse them as Prime Minister.

I stand by that - and call on the other Labour leadership candidates to do the same. This is a blatant political attack on the labour movement. The option of withdrawing your labour if you are unhappy with your terms of employment is a basic part of the centuries-old deal for workers in Britain.

Introducing conditions on democratic votes that politicians would not accept for their own elections is just not on.

Nor is making it easier to ship in agency workers to break strikes, or a fresh attempt to gag organisations who have a legitimate voice.

Rather than giving people less power over their working lives, I want to give people a stake and a say in the business they work for, the services they rely on and the communities they're part of.

If any of your colleagues tell you there is no difference between a Labour and a Conservative government, point to the bill published today. Remind them of the way David Cameron is, piece by piece, dismantling all the achievements of the last Labour government.

But above all, please say that this Margaret Thatcher-style assault on rights at work by David Cameron shows why we must not allow ourselves to be an impassioned but impotent 1980s style opposition in response.

We could have stopped the suffering that Thatcher imposed on communities across Britain had we been a credible alternative rather than simply a party of protest.

Labour's fundamental mistake back then meant we were powerless to stop the Conservatives decimating families and tearing our communities apart.

For the families who need us now, we must not let history repeat itself.

As leader I will ensure Labour is a credible force to change people's lives not just an angry voice on the sidelines.

Liz has launched a petition which you are urged to sign and share:

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