Responding to the government’s latest assault on trades unions, with the announcement that it will outlaw the practice of 'check off' whereby members can pay their union contributions through the payroll, Gail Cartmail, Unite assistant general secretary said: "This is another spiteful measure from the Conservatives at a time when working people need unions like never before.
“It is a crude attempt to starve trade unions of money, money that is then used every day to promote training, workplace safety and hold up decent pay for millions of working people throughout the UK.
“This is nothing other than unnecessary interference by a government that has not got a clue about the reality of working life and the vital role unions have in workers’ lives.
“When the Thatcher government attempted this they failed because workers know that unionised workplaces are safer, better paid and better protected against bullying bosses.
“This government will suffer a backlash from this too for people will see this for what it is – another needless, malicious attack on the people who are the backbone of our public services.
“And for the majority female low paid public sector workforce – health visitors, carers, cleaners and cooks – this is now the triple whammy. On top of the pay cap and end of working family tax credit, they now have to contend with this attack on their union.
“The Conservative party’s attempt to pose as the party of working people is all the more laughable today than ever.”
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- 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 McCluske