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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 Michael Howard Michael Howard Secretary of State for Employment 3:31 pm, 28th January 1992

The hon. Gentleman, who is sponsored by the Transport and General Workers Union, confuses the right to join a trade union with recognition. Under the proposals that I have announced, any trade union member will be able to join the union that has recognition rights at that workplace. Increasingly, there are many other reasons why workers wish to join trade unions. I am surprised that the hon. Gentleman does not recognise that fact.