Mick on the Gulliver concept

21 January 2016

Commenting after the publication today [Thursday] of the government's impact assessment on the Trade Union Bill, which reveals that unions and our members will be brutally hit by enormous new bills, Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers' union, said:

‘It’s a variant of the Gulliver concept. That’s how the chairman of the National Coal Board described the Thatcher government’s legal strategy during the miners’ strike of 1984-85. It was designed, he said, to encourage multiple legal actions, each one “tying another tiny legal rope around the union until it woke one day and couldn’t move.”

‘That’s what the Tories are trying to do to us. Tie us up in as much red tape as possible and waste our members’ money. We represent ordinary, decent, hard-working men and women, doing a safety-critical job to ensure passengers get the first class public transport service they deserve, and this Bill is designed to make things worse for every one of us.’

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