Scotland Asks to be Excluded from Trade Union Bill

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Posted on 22 Oct 2015

Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work Skills & Training, has written to UK Minister for Skills, Nick Boles, asking for Scotland to be excluded from the whole of the Trade Union Bill. 

The Bill makes it more difficult for workers to strike as a result of higher ballot thresholds, as well as shorter mandates and longer notice requirements for strike action. 

Ms Cunningham believes that the Bill proposals could undermine the effective engagement of trade unions across Scottish workplaces and across the Scottish public sector in particular. They are also inconsistent with the Scottish Government’s approach which is to build a stronger, more collaborative approach to the relationship between unions, employees and employers.

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