Today I will be voting against the Tories’ Trade Union Bill which is an uncompromising, undemocratic attack on the freedom and rights of workers.
It will fundamentally undermine the balance between workers and employees, causing more industrial unrest in the future.
Below are just few examples how the Act will impact the workplace:
Agency workers will be allowed to replace striking workers. This undermines the workers’ ability to negotiate, but, furthermore, poses serious health and safety concerns regarding inexperienced replacement workers.
In some public services (fire, health, education, etc), 50% of members must turn out to vote for strike action and 40% of the entire membership must vote in favour. This threshold is incredibly high compared to most other organisations, including the Tory Party for selecting their mayoral candidate. If the Government is serious about promoting democracy within the trade union movement they should secure electronic and workplace ballots.
All public sector employers will have to publish information on the cost of time off for union reps, plus a breakdown of what facility time is used for – collective bargaining, representing members in grievances or disciplinary action, or running training programmes. This change will hamper the ability of employers to invest in good relations with their employees and add more red tape to trade unions when they should be focused on representing their members.
The Government are claiming these are moderate changes, but it is clear they have the potential to undermine our human rights. Instead of eroding the role of trade unions and alienating millions of workers, I call on the Government to work towards creating a harmonious relationship between employer and employee. Only by respecting the interests of both parties can we achieve the vital balance our economy needs.
Today I will be voting against the Tories’ Trade Union Bill which is an uncompromising, undemocratic attack on the freedom and rights of workers. It will fundamentally undermine the balance...
Tax Credits were introduced by the Labour Party to support families in work. For many low income families in my constituency, they have been the thin line between security and poverty.
However, the Tories’ cuts puts thousands of people in this area, and millions across the UK, at real risk of financial hardship. It is estimated that 58% of families in my constituency receive tax credits; who will be pushed further towards the breadline.
In addition, it is inevitable that these cuts will increase child poverty. Around 63% of children in Hemsworth are in families that receive tax credits. I’ve spoken to many parents in my constituency who tell me they do not know how they will be able to afford the bills if the Tories go ahead with their cuts.
Despite Cameron’s claims that the living wage will offset these cuts, the Institute of Fiscal Studies has produced a report which indicates the average family will overall be around £1,300 a year worse off.
This is the politics of planned poverty and food banks. We must not accept this injustice and that is why I am launching a campaign in Hemsworth to call on David Cameron to stop the tax credit cut.
Tax Credits were introduced by the Labour Party to support families in work. For many low income families in my constituency, they have been the thin line between security and...
The Sutton Trust has published a Mobility Mapwhich measures social mobility through education across the country. Their study shows that the prospects of young people in the Hemsworth constituency are fundamentally lower.
Hemsworthranks as follows among the 533 parliamentary constituencies in England:
Performance of disadvantaged pupils in early years tests: 308 out of 533
Performance of disadvantaged pupils in Key Stage 2 tests: 456 out of 533
Performance of disadvantaged pupils at GCSE: 354 out of 533
Progress of non-privileged/disadvantaged pupils to universities: - out of 533
Progress of non-privileged graduates to professional occupations: 303 out of 533
Overall: 478 out of 533
This is represents another example of how the Tories are leaving the North behind and another generation disadvantaged by their place of birth. In 21st century Britain, anyone should be able to fulfil their true potential regardless of where they are from.
At a time when Tories cuts are undermining all public services, it is clear that we need to support the work of the Sutton Trust in highlighting this systemic injustice and promoting the need for greater investment in education.