United Kingdom - Welsh national assembly questions trade union bill reform - January 01, 2017

The national assembly for Wales intends to consult on changes to parts of the Trade Union Act 2016 that became law on the 4 May 2016, before implementation in Wales. The UK government plans to introduce legislation to repeal sections of the act in devolved areas. The Bill was introduced and referred to the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee for consideration. Earlier in 2016, the First Minister for Wales described the laws as ‘draconian’ and predicted it would ‘lead to a confrontational relationship between employers and workforce’ that could be ‘damaging’ to the delivery of public services. Under the act, public sector workers will have to reach a higher support threshold to take industrial action, trade union representatives risk having their facility time cut if deemed necessary, and trade unions will have to pay for check-off arrangements.

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