Trade Union Reform

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 15th July 2015.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

As part of the trade union reform process, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Ministers will invite the Scottish Trades Union Congress to discuss the Bill. This Government are committed to modernising trade union law. The Trade Union Bill to be introduced later today will introduce a balanced package to ensure working people are not disrupted by strikes without sufficient mandates.

Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Scottish National Party, Glasgow South West

The Minister confirms that the largest part of Scottish civic society has not yet been consulted on the Bill. Is that perhaps characteristic of a Government with a casual approach to legislation, or is it simply an ideological attack on those who stand up against exploitation?

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

In contrast to the bluster, we are all about reforming and modernising trade union rules and, as I have just stated, BIS Ministers will invite the Scottish Trades Union Congress to discuss the Bill further.