Norwich rally to oppose ‘draconian’ Trade Union bill ...

Norwich rally to oppose ‘draconian’ Trade Union bill on 3 December

27 November 2015

A public meeting in Norwich for those angry at the government’s draconian Trade Union bill, designed to curb the legitimate and democratic rights of working people, will be held at the city’s football club on Thursday 3 December.

Unite, the country’s largest union, is hosting the Carrow Road meeting at 19.00 at the Top of the Terrace.

The meeting has been organised to give Norfolk a voice in opposing the government's Trade Union bill which contains a raft of ideological measures designed to curtail rights at work, civil liberties and industrial democracy.

Unite regional coordinating officer Mark Robinson said: “The Tories cannot pose as the party of working people and then back measures that reduce the employment protections of working people in Norfolk - many of whom are low-paid and struggling - to some of the worst in the developed world.

“The government needs to stop painting trade unions with their six million members as ‘the enemy within’ and start recognising the invaluable contribution we make to industrial relations in every sector of the economy.

“The aim of the meeting is to build a broad based public alliance against the bill and discuss our industrial and political response as a movement.”

A number of high profile speakers have been invited including:
•    Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner
•    PCS union vice-president John McInally 
•    Rob Williams from the national shop stewards’ network
•    Joanne Rust, former Labour parliamentary candidate for North West Norfolk
•    Jan McLachlan from Norfolk People's Assembly

The Trade Union bill has been debated in the House of Commons and on Thursday 11 November had its first reading in the House of Lords.

Unite said the bill is a missed opportunity for the government to modernise trade union balloting, building on the proposals of the previous business secretary Vince Cable to develop secure workplace voting and developing mechanisms that already exist for union recognition ballots.

See more on the campaign at: No to the #TUbill 


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble in the Unite press office on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.