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Second Reading

Part of Trade Union Bill – in the House of Lords at 8:14 pm on 11th January 2016.

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Photo of Baroness Donaghy Baroness Donaghy Chair, Information Committee (Lords) 8:14 pm, 11th January 2016

I thank the noble Lord for that additional piece of wisdom.

In this Bill we will not know precisely who will be covered by the 40% threshold in Clause 3 until the regulations come out. There will be no opportunity to amend or give proper scrutiny, which is our job. This is anti-democratic, as is treating abstentions as no votes for industrial action. Of course strike action should be the last resort, but poor employment relations lead to worse things—absenteeism, presenteeism, low morale and low productivity. This wretched Bill has no contribution to make in these areas.