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Industrial Relations

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 28th January 1992.

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Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair , Sedgefield 3:31 pm, 28th January 1992

The Secretary of State can confirm that when he speaks. If, however, he believes in the right to a free and independent trade union, let him grant that right to the employees at the Government communications headquarters, who have been denied it for the past eight years. Let him also take action against the Economic League, which prevents that right from being exercised by many people.

The Secretary of State gives a wholly misleading account of how check-off operates. Will he confirm that it operates only if there is prior written consent on the part of the employee—[Interruption.]