Clause 43 - Union learning representatives

Part of Employment Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 17th January 2002.

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Photo of John Healey John Healey Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education and Skills) 10:30 am, 17th January 2002

It is a pleasure to contribute to the scrutiny and passage of the Bill, having followed it for so long. My hon. Friend the

Minister for Employment and the Regions has ably led the Committee's proceedings so far.

It is a pleasure for me, as a long-standing member of the GMB union and the National Union of Journalists and a former employee of the TUC, to be able to deal with a clause that reinforces the positive role that trade unions play in the work force to increase training and to encourage employees to take advantage of it.