Cameron won't meet us

10 February 2016

The Tory leader has refused to meet trade union members – or representatives – citing ‘lack of time in a busy schedule’ and preferring to hang out with representatives of big business.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, who will hand in a 200,000-strong petition to Downing Street today, said: ‘The Trade Union Bill is the biggest attack on unions in a generation and threatens the fundamental right to strike. Despite repeated requests, the Prime Minister has yet to meet with unions in person and listen to our concerns. Today we are calling on him and other ministers to drop this divisive and unnecessary Bill before it does lasting damage to industrial relations.’

As well as imposing tougher thresholds on strike ballots, ministers plan to lift the ban on the use of scab labour and force unions to hand information on members to the authorities.

Government figures suggest the new law will land us with a £36 million bill over the next five years.

Frances,who yesterday addressed tens of thousands of trade unionists in a ‘big workplace meeting’ via videolink, alongside comedian Eddie Izzard, wants workers to lobby lords and bishops in the House of Lords to amend this vicious Bill.

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