Labour has today criticised the government's plans to create new measures under which Unions are allowed to strike, which would make it much more difficult for employees to hold a strike.
Chuka Umunna MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, responding to the publication of the government’s Trade Union Bill said:
“This Bill is the latest in a long line of attempts by the Government to stifle reasonable democratic scrutiny, protest and challenge – put simply, this is another Gagging Bill.
“This Bill does nothing to tackle the pressing national challenge our public services, businesses and industries alike are facing; that of addressing Britain’s productivity gap and skills shortages.
“Instead the Bill tries to drive a false wedge between government, industry, employees and the public by restricting rights – and at worst criminalising – ordinary working people, from midwives to factory workers to challenge low-pay or health and safety concerns.
“All those who care about our democratic rights and an economy where business, employees and government work together for the mutual benefit should expose this Bill for what it is – a divisive piece of legislation which puts to bed any notion that the Government is taking a one nation approach.
“After muzzling charities and restricting access to justice this is the latest attempt to silence critics of this Government and its policies.”