Trade Union Recognition

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th January 2001.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Labour, Wentworth 12:00 am, 18th January 2001

Is my right hon. Friend aware that this week's TUC report shows that the number of new recognition deals signed by unions in the past 12 months is double that of the year before? In its northern region alone, the Transport and General Workers Union has signed or is in the process of signing 16 new voluntary agreements. Does that not demonstrate that the extreme hostility displayed by the Tories throughout the Act's passage through Parliament shows that the party is as out of touch with the modern employer as it is with the aspirations of ordinary working people, who simply want fairness and protection in the workplace?