Results 61–80 of 135 for speaker:Lord Woodley

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Report: Amendment 4 (26 Apr 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I will speak in support of Amendment 4, and I also support Amendment 5. Amendment 4 covers the issue of protecting workers from being forced to cross their own picket lines under threat of the sack; it is a fundamental issue which strikes at the heart of trade unionism. The Bill, as it stands, gives bad bosses the power to target and victimise trade union activists by issuing work...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Education (27 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bellamy on 6 March (HL5835), how will the model to deliver education when current contract arrangements end for the Prison Education Framework integrate with the One HMPPS programme.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Education (27 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bellamy on 6 March (HL5835), whether the model to deliver education when current contract arrangements end for the Prison Education Framework will use different lots of prison groups to those under the existing Framework.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Prisons: Education (27 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bellamy on 6 March (HL5835), whether the key performance indicators for the model to deliver education when current contract arrangements end for the Prison Education Framework will differ from those of the existing Framework; and if so, in what ways.

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 33 (23 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I support these amendments and want to complement and supplement the contribution of my noble friend Lord Hendy. As he said, these amendments deal with the fundamental issue of protecting trade unions from being forced to act against their own interests during a legally authorised dispute. Like my noble friend, I find one of the most appalling parts of this skeletal Bill the...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 22 (23 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I support the amendments in this group, but the contribution by my noble friend Lady O’Grady is a heck of an act to follow. I should like to talk specifically on Amendments 25 to 28, which deal with the serious issue of targeting specific workers, especially, I say to the Minister, trade union activists. On reflection, I could have raised this in the debate on Amendment 21, but it...

Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (Continued): Amendment 18A (23 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I support this group of amendments. I first apologise for my non-attendance at Second Reading, having had a hospital appointment that I could not get out of, following my serious illness last year. Had I been there, I would have said that the Bill is vindictive, unnecessary and undemocratic, as well as unworkable and unsafe, and likely to be unlawful As it stands, it represents a...

Playing Fields - Question (13 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I declare an interest as president of Vauxhall Motors Football Club, where 40,000 children from the age of five play in only one football season. It has been very difficult to watch so many council and school playing fields be sold off so that they can pay their bills, for whatever reason. I suggest to the Minister one or two things that could be done. First, we need to talk to...

Women and Men: Pay Gap - Question ( 8 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, the gender pay gap has reached 15% and is getting worse, not better. That is a disgrace, is it not, especially as more than half the women say they would use any additional money just to put more heating and lighting on in their homes, according to the Fawcett Society? It is unbelievable. How sad is that in Britain today? The ETUC and my own union, Unite, are clear that the most...

Workers’ Rights - Question ( 6 Mar 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 ( 6 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, the Tories won the last election by promising improvements to employment rights, but we have seen completely the opposite. I am sick and tired of posing the same questions to the Minister time and again concerning the protection of TUPE legislation. We never get a straight answer, and I believe that it is disrespectful to this House. The Minister’s attitude to date has always...

Electric Cars: Export to EU - Question ( 2 Mar 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I declare an interest as a former member of the Government’s Automotive Council UK, looking at investment in this important industry of ours. The Americans have set aside £102 billion to encourage inward investment in new technologies, including electrification of the whole of their car and automotive industry. There is no doubt, looking at what we are putting aside here, that we...

Energy Profits Levy - Question ( 7 Feb 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, my union, Unite, has shown that corporate profiteering is responsible for massively fuelling inflation, unlike public sector pay rises, which in my opinion are not inflationary. Powerful corporations such as Shell are creaming in the profits, and everyone can see that it has now become obscene, driving prices ever higher and causing millions to suffer and go hungry. It is not...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) ( 6 Feb 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, the arguments against this undemocratic Bill are well understood by both Houses and, indeed, beyond. Unfortunately, there is not enough time today for me to do justice to these arguments, so I will attempt to highlight only my gravest concerns with the Bill—as many others have, in fairness. Most of the most important employment rights, such as the protection of pregnant workers,...

Broadband: Price - Question ( 2 Feb 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, there is a pattern here. The Government are keeping down wages for our heroes in the public sector, such as teachers, nurses and firefighters, but at the same time, they are doing nothing to curb the profiteering by energy, broadband and other companies, even though, as my noble friend just said, this is inflationary. Can the Minister explain the double standards that they are operating?

Employment Rights Legislation - Question ( 1 Feb 2023)

Lord Woodley: To ask His Majesty’s Government what plans they have to retain employment rights legislation contained in retained European Union law beyond the end of 2023.

Employment Rights Legislation - Question ( 1 Feb 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I am pleased that the Minister recognises the importance of employment rights to workers in Britain. But as he will remember, last week I asked, as did my noble friend Lord Watts, whether he would guarantee that no employment rights will fall off the statute books at year end. Not surprisingly, the Minister did not answer the question, which in my mind speaks volumes. Let us try...

Manufacturing Post Brexit - Question (26 Jan 2023)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, Honda closed its factory primarily because of Brexit, when, unlike Europe, we removed those tariffs on vehicles coming in from Japan. Twelve years ago, the Government’s Automotive Council, which I had the privilege of sitting on, set aside £400 million—a lot of money in those days—to entice battery manufactures into the UK. It was small change compared to the billions of...


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