All 10 results for speaker:Lord Prentis of Leeds

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 1 Mar 2024)

Lord Prentis of Leeds: My Lords, what happened at P&O was a dreadful abuse of employment rights—an abuse that was rightly condemned but one that, regrettably, is not limited to a few ruthless employers such as P&O. Employers across our economy, public sector and private sector alike, are now routinely using fire and rehire to force through unilateral changes to employment contracts—British Gas being among the...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels: NHS Ambulance Services and the NHS Patient Transport Service) Regulations 2023 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion ( 6 Dec 2023)

Lord Prentis of Leeds: My Lords, I speak in support of the amendment put forward by the noble Baroness, Lady Merron. As recently as 20 July this year, this House debated a report from our Public Services Committee, very aptly entitled Emergency Healthcare: A National Emergency. The report found the emergency healthcare workforce to be under unprecedented strain, facing significant challenges and shortages, low job...

National Health Service: 75th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2023)

Lord Prentis of Leeds: My Lords, 2023 is the year we celebrate 75 years of our National Health Service, and what is crystal clear, above anything, is the continuing strength of people’s attachment to our NHS. The vast majority of people—nine out of 10—believe that the NHS should remain free at the point of delivery, while eight out of 10 continue to believe that the NHS should be funded through taxation. This...

Social Care - Motion to Take Note (30 Mar 2023)

Lord Prentis of Leeds: My Lords, I declare an interest: I was the general secretary of Unison, the public service union, which represents over half a million health and social care workers—members who worked throughout the pandemic. As we have heard today, despite all the inquiries, reports and initiatives, no matter what the Government may say, social care has not been fixed—far from it. As we have also heard...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 37 (23 Mar 2023)

Lord Prentis of Leeds: My Lords, I speak in support of this group of amendments, particularly Amendments 42 and 44, which, if agreed, would remove the unfettered power of the Secretary of State to amend, repeal or revoke primary legislation. The strikes Bill is not a slight tinkering of existing legislation. What the Committee has before it is a far-reaching Bill. It is a draconian Bill which curtails the...

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

Lord Prentis of Leeds: My Lords, I support Amendments 3 and 4 in the names of my noble friends Lord Collins and Lady O’Grady. Noble Lords will know that I have already expressed my opposition to the Bill and, in particular, my opposition to skeleton legislation such as this, which gives Ministers unfettered powers to amend, repeal or revoke, calling into question parliamentary scrutiny, which matters. Amendments...

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

Lord Prentis of Leeds: My Lords, I have to make two declarations of interest before I start. First, for over 20 years, until 2021, I was general secretary of UNISON, the public service union. Secondly, I currently serve as president of PSI, the recognised global body representing public service unions across our world. Some may say that the proposals in the Bill are vindictive, malicious and retaliation at its...

Employment Rights Legislation - Question ( 1 Feb 2023)

Lord Prentis of Leeds: My Lords, in the very short time I have had the honour of being part of this House, I have witnessed the concerns many noble Lords have about the increasing use of statutory instruments. I have seen the potential for the use of SIs in the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill to reverse a half-century of progress on basic rights for women. I would like to—

Employment Rights Legislation - Question ( 1 Feb 2023)

Lord Prentis of Leeds: I bring to your Lordships’ attention the Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations, which were passed in 2000. These EU regulations enabled the trade unions to win a court case on behalf of more than 100,000 part-time teaching assistants and school meal staff, 95% of whom were women, who had been denied access to the local government pension scheme. Can the...

Democracy Denied (DPRRC Report) - Motion to Take Note (12 Jan 2023)

Lord Prentis of Leeds: My Lords, it is an honour to speak in this important debate. I thank noble Lords from across the House for having been so welcoming to me over the last few weeks. I especially thank my noble friend Lady McIntosh of Hudnall, who is sitting next to me; she is not my mentor but probably my carer. I also thank my noble friend Lady Wheeler, of Blackfriars, and my noble friend Lord Lennie, of...


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