Trade Union Bill: Stephen Gethins MP Response

Thank you for your email regarding the Trade Union Bill.

The Trade Union Bill is a highly regressive piece of legislation which presents a real threat to the fundamental rights of workers, and risks damaging Scotland’s constructive approach to industrial relations.

As you are aware, the Bill is now at Report Stage in the House of Lords and will return to the House of Commons in due course.

Our position remains that Scotland should be exempt from the extent of the Bill. There is little or no evidence to support the Bill’s proposals and the UK Government has made no attempt to consider how the Bill impacts on Scotland and in particular on our public services.

My SNP colleagues and I were pleased to support the inclusion of online balloting in previous stages of the Bill and rest assured that we will continue to press for its inclusion when the Trade Union Bill returns to the House of Commons.

In Scotland, the SNP Scottish Government has fostered a positive relationship with trade unions, and we view trade unions as partners with whom we work closely to create a more productive, prosperous, and more equal society. We stand with workers and with trade unions in opposing this blatant attack on trade unions by the Conservative UK Government. Exempting Scotland from the Bill is the only way to protect against these draconian measures derailing the effective relationships between employers and employees in Scotland. The SNP remain committed to fighting against the introduction of this legislation in order to protect the rights of employees across Scotland.

I trust this is helpful. If I can be of further assistance in this or any other matter, then please do not hesitate to contact me again.
— Stephen Gethins MP, North-East Fife

On the 21st April Stephen Gethins MP responded to his constituents as apart of our 'Last Chance To Fix the Trade Union Bill'.