ANTI-UNION legislation is the “epitome of contempt for ordinary working people” firefighters stormed yesterday as they stepped up their campaign to scrap the Trade Union Act.
Tearing apart the Tory law, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Shropshire delegate Matthew Lam called it a “paradox” that the Conservatives still get so many working-class votes.
And FBU Scotland’s Stephen Thompson applauded the Welsh Assembly for its progress in fighting back against the legislation in the country by repealing its devolved parts.
He said Scotland, with the promises to oppose the Act from SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon at the STUC conference weeks ago, was not far behind.
Parts of the legislation, including new balloting thresholds for “important public services,” came into force in March.
The threshold requires at least half of a union’s eligible membership to turn out in an industrial action ballot for it to be lawful.