Unite urges Scottish councils: Follow Glasgow and defy...

Unite urges Scottish councils: Follow Glasgow and defy Tory trade union bill

14 September 2015

Unite has today (Monday 14 September) urged Scottish local authorities to follow the lead of Glasgow city council and defy the Tory government’s anti-trade union legislative agenda.

New Glasgow city council leader Frank McAveety confirmed over the weekend that he would defy the provisions of the Trade Union bill and maintain the check-off system of union subscriptions and facility time rights for workplace representatives.

The position of non-cooperation follows earlier commitments from across Scottish social democratic politics to oppose the proposals which will receive their second reading today in the House of Commons. 

Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “The commitment from the new leader of Scotland’s biggest local authority to defy this draconian Bill is extremely encouraging.

“Under the umbrella of the STUC our trade unions are campaigning to resist what is a purely ideological assault from a hostile Tory government on the basic principles of workplace democracy and employment rights.

“We call on all Scottish local authorities to follow the example set by Glasgow city council in order to defend decent employment relations and to protect the rights of working people across our public sector.”


For further information please contact Peter Welsh, Unite Scotland Communications, on 07810157931. 

  • 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.