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

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I am grateful for the opportunity to propose for your Lordships’ consideration what I believe are urgently needed changes in the law to protect UK workers from gross exploitation. I am referring to the shameful practice of dismissal and re-engagement, otherwise known as fire and rehire, where workers are threatened with the sack unless they agree to cuts to their pay, terms and...

Avanti Trains - Question (27 Feb 2024)

Lord Woodley: On service levels, do the Government share the concerns of the RMT union about Avanti’s proposals to withdraw cash payments from its catering services? This move shows scant regard for those older and poorer passengers who use only cash. Does the Minister agree with me that it would be far better for customers to have the option of cash and card for catering services?

National Minimum Wage - Question (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, there is no justification for discriminating against young people under any circumstances. People can join the Army at 16, they can be on the front line at 18 putting their lives at risk for King and country, but they cannot receive the full national minimum wage until they are 21. This cannot possibly be right. Does the Minister agree?

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Death (13 Feb 2024)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bellamy on 30 January (HL1617), how many prisoners serving an imprisonment for public protection sentence (1) took their own life, or (2) died from other causes, in 2023 while on non-medical release on temporary license.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisoners: Death (30 Jan 2024)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty's Government how many prisoners serving an imprisonment for public protection sentence (1) took their own life, or (2) died from other causes, in 2023.

NHS: Hospital Waiting Times - Question (23 Jan 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, a recent study from the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, led by Sir Michael Marmot, reported that between 2011 and 2019—before the pandemic—over 1 million people died earlier than they would have done if they had lived in areas where the richest 10% of the population lived. How is it that the institute can do a study, but the Minister does not know how...

Imprisonment for Public Protection - Question (16 Jan 2024)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, the special rapporteur, Dr Alice Edwards, whom I had the pleasure and privilege of meeting last month with the Justice Unions Parliamentary Group, stated forcefully that: “The UK, as a society with a strong rule of law tradition, has measures in place to protect the community after individuals are released”. Why then does the Minister think that these measures will be...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Criminal Cases Review Commission (21 Dec 2023)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty's Government on what grounds the Criminal Cases Review Commission may refer cases to the Court of Appeal.

Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2022 - Question (19 Dec 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, the REC, which supplies agency staff, warns that allowing bosses to bus in strike-breakers risks extending disputes by inflaming tensions between trade unions and employers. Unions and even the Government’s own impact assessment agree it will undoubtably worsen industrial relations and lead to prolonged strike action. How can the Minister possibly justify pushing ahead with these...

Automated Vehicles Bill [HL] - Order of Commitment (18 Dec 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I apologise to the Lord Speaker and to our new noble Lord, Lord Douglas-Miller, for my phone going off earlier. I have never been so embarrassed in my life. I am sincerely sorry. Do the Government regret putting back the purchase of electric vehicles and automated vehicles to 2035, now that the market has almost completely collapsed, putting at risk the investments, plants and jobs...

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 Woodley: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former leader of Unite the Union, which represents ambulance workers and other NHS staff up and down our country. My noble friend Lady Merron has powerfully laid out the arguments against the draconian regulations we are considering today. I will emphasise three points in the short time that I have now. First, these regulations are entirely unnecessary....

Metropolitan Police Reform - Question (27 Nov 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, the recent increase in the number of massive demonstrations in central London is a positive sign of a politically engaged population. However, they place huge extra pressure on our police, with many officers—perhaps hundreds if not thousands—being drafted in from right across the country to help. What assessment has the Minister made of the impact on police capacity,...

Workers’ Rights - Question (23 Nov 2023)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to legislate to ensure high standards of workers’ rights.

Workers’ Rights - Question (23 Nov 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I will shock the Minister by thanking him for his support for investment in Vauxhall Ellesmere Port for a new car; it is appreciated. After a challenge by my union, Unite, and others, the High Court ruled in July that the Government had acted unlawfully by allowing bad bosses to use agency workers to break strikes. But now the Government are trying again, launching a consultation in...

King’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (13 Nov 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I never thought I would agree with a contribution of the noble Lord, Lord Forsyth, but I do. This was a deeply disappointing King’s Speech—the first, and quite possibly the last, by this lame-duck illegitimate Prime Minister. There was no mention of an employment Bill, promised in the 2019 gracious Speech and over 20 times since by Ministers but now forgotten. Instead, we are...

Schools: Catering Facilities and RAAC - Question (23 Oct 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, can the Minister kindly give us an idea of the timing for all facilities to be clear of RAAC? I am particularly thinking of catering, bearing in mind the Minister’s comments about making sure that staff and students remain safe from such problems.

Joint Enterprise: Young Black Men - Question (19 Oct 2023)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks of Lord Bellamy on 14 June (HL Deb col 1990), what steps they are taking to address concerns that joint enterprise case law operates in a harsh way against young black men.

Joint Enterprise: Young Black Men - Question (19 Oct 2023)

Lord Woodley: The new data that the Minister mentioned confirms, unfortunately, that young black men are disproportionately affected in joint enterprise prosecutions, as campaigners such as me have warned for many years. Black people are 16 times—I repeat, 16 times—more likely than white people to be prosecuted for homicide or attempted homicide under joint enterprise laws. It is absolutely shocking,...


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