Results 1–20 of 231 for speaker:Lord Monks

Community Sports: Impact on Young People - Motion to Take Note (16 May 2024)

Lord Monks: My Lords, I warmly congratulate my noble friend Lord Hannett of Everton on his excellent maiden speech. It demonstrated to everyone in the House that we have acquired a new Member with a deep knowledge of the rough ends of the world of work in the UK, combined with a strong record of working constructively with employers who seek to do the right things. My noble friend will bring Liverpool...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: European Works Councils: Overseas Workers (25 Jul 2023)

Lord Monks: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effects of the UK's departure from the EU on the participation of UK workers in European Works Councils.

UK Economy: Growth, Inflation and Productivity - Motion to Take Note (29 Jun 2023)

Lord Monks: My Lords, I add my congratulations to my noble friend Lord Eatwell for launching this debate in such a stimulating way. It has produced a lot of interesting contributions so far. While I am passing out congratulations, I also congratulate those British businesses, and their workforces, which are world-class and have excellent productivity. They are often based on respect and on working...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 21 (23 Mar 2023)

Lord Monks: Would the Minister accept that there is tremendous scope for victimisation in the provision that he is talking about, which this probing amendment is opening out? If the work notice is imposed on union officials—convenors, shop stewards, secretaries or whatever—they are in an extremely vulnerable position. They may have been doing the negotiation. They may have been regarded by the...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (10 Mar 2023)

Lord Monks: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Lampard, on her speech, and look forward to many future contributions from her to the work of this Chamber. We have just heard a moving account of how bad the conditions can be in some of the worst parts of the world for women. International Women’s Day is a day of celebration, when we celebrate advances that women have made in nearly...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Committee (1st Day) (Continued): Amendment 8 ( 9 Mar 2023)

Lord Monks: My Lords, it is always a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, Lord Balfe. He followed me as president of BALPA and has done a good job, as I know from all my ex-colleagues in that union. I have long experience of disputes in the transport sector, particularly in railways. In fact, if any noble Lord has a spare half hour and wants to go through the history of flexible rostering and train...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Second Reading (21 Feb 2023)

Lord Monks: My Lords, here we go again. The noble Lord, Lord Dobbs, has taken us through some of the industrial relations history, going back many centuries in some cases. It shows that it is a rite of passage for successive Conservative Governments, since Mrs Thatcher and Lord Tebbit, to legislate against trade unions and to minimise their scope for action. We are the old enemy, as has just been very...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill - Second Reading: Amendment to the Motion ( 6 Feb 2023)

Lord Monks: My Lords, I am delighted to welcome my noble friend Lady O’Grady, my close colleague and friend. She will continue to liven up our debates with her passion and commitment, as she has done this afternoon, and we look forward to many future contributions. We also look forward to the contribution of the noble Baroness, Lady Bray, shortly. As the noble Lord, Lord Janvrin, said, the Government...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Foreign Investment in UK ( 9 Jan 2023)

Lord Monks: To ask His Majesty's Government what is the approximate value of Foreign Direct Investment in the UK in (1) the six years preceding the EU referendum in 2016, and (2) the six years since.

Written Answers — Treasury: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ( 5 Jan 2023)

Lord Monks: To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the furlough scheme on (1) relationships between employers and employees, and (2) the number of older people leaving the workforce; and in any such assessment, what links they have found between these factors.

Prime Minister: Trade Unions - Question (19 Dec 2022)

Lord Monks: My Lords, during the recent crisis, the mood of the nation was clearly that we were all in it together and people observed common rules—with a few exceptions in Downing Street and Barnard Castle. However, that is not the public mood in the current cost of living crisis; the mood is much more divisive, and the burden is falling almost totally on public servants. Is this not a recipe for...

Cost of Living: Public Well-being - Motion to Take Note (20 Oct 2022)

Lord Monks: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Drake for her characteristic enterprise in securing this debate at this particular time. Not many people will envy the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the moment, as he wrestles with shifting the trajectory of the economy from the feckless spending of his predecessor to what looks like a big bout of painful austerity, with cuts, cuts and more cuts coming...

Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Monks: My Lords, this SI is the latest in a long line of steps, taken by successive Conservative Governments, to wrap trade unions in ever-more complex and restrictive dollops of red tape. It is almost a rite of passage for each Conservative Administration to slap fresh restrictions on unions. This SI is the latest in a long line. As my noble friend Lord Woodley has said, the Government were...

Trades Union Congress: Levelling Up - Question (29 Jun 2022)

Lord Monks: My Lords, I think the noble Lord, Lord Balfe, might find that his voting figures are a bit shaky after last week’s by-election results. Why are the Government messing around with more antiunion legislation at a time when they are also lifting the cap on bonuses, doing absolutely nothing about inflation in boardrooms and in some parts of financial services, and ignoring their own experience...

Fire and Rehire - Question (15 Jun 2022)

Lord Monks: My Lords, the Government were right in their condemnation of the disreputable behaviour of P&O Ferries recently, but I also read a lot in the papers about the Government considering introducing a Bill which will make it lawful to replace striking workers with agency workers. I am puzzled about what the difference is between what P&O has done and the kind of thoughts that are obviously alive...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (16 May 2022)

Lord Monks: My Lords, we know that the most vulnerable in our society are in for a very rough ride in the next few years and there is the real threat of a deep recession. Against that context, the Queen’s Speech is a disappointment, offering little hope of easement to many workers. With the very rocky period ahead, a lot of people must be extremely worried at the moment. I join those who have called...

Trade Union (Levy Payable to the Certification Officer) Regulations 2022 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion ( 7 Mar 2022)

Lord Monks: My Lords, to follow on from those last points, it almost seemed to be the case from the Minister’s presentation that unions had somehow agreed with quite a lot of the proposals being put, which is very far from the case. I do not want to go over the 2016 Act, but, at the time, many of us thought it was the product of a certain mindset in parts of Conservative Central Office, which was still...

Elections Bill - Second Reading (23 Feb 2022)

Lord Monks: My Lords, I too congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Moore, on his entertaining and reflective maiden speech. I look forward to his future contributions, especially if he continues to reference approvingly The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists of Hastings, a book which is essential reading on both sides of this House. As a former general secretary of the TUC, I approach this Bill with a...

Colombia: Human Rights Abuses - Question (19 Jan 2022)

Lord Monks: My Lords, the UK played a noble and honourable role in promoting the peace agreement. I want to return to the question posed by my noble friend Lady Blower. Will the Government agree to a cross-party meeting with interested Peers and others about what can be done now to make sure that the writ of the agreement runs in parts of Colombia where it currently does not?

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