Tories shoot themselves in the foot with trade union smears

Tories shoot themselves in the foot with trade union smears

05 August 2014

Responding to the reports that Bruce Carr QC is to distance himself from the Conservative party’s report into trades unions, Len McCluskey, general secretary of Unite, the country’s biggest union said: “The Tories have spectacularly shot themselves in the foot on this. In their haste to attack trade unions, they have embarrassed their own appointee, Bruce Carr, into accepting this report for what it was all along – a desperate pre-election stunt to smear democratic trades unions and their members.

“This was always a purely political exercise with neither the CBI nor the TUC prepared to get involved.  Now Bruce Carr has moved to distance himself from what was nothing more than a pre-meditated effort by the Tory party to get a QC to sanction laws further restricting the rights of unions.

“The UK’s trade unions are already the most highly regulated in the world, leaving the UK’s workers among the easiest and cheapest to sack.  But while Bruce Carr may have thrown in the towel, the Tories remain intent on going into the general election in 2015 with a vicious anti-worker programme. 

“Now at least voters can see their agenda for what it is – a determination to impede all protest against unethical behaviour by employers, and the removal of the last vestiges of protection against abuse that the working people of this country possess.”


For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065

Notes to editors:

  • 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.