Results 101–120 of 135 for speaker:Lord Woodley

Incomes and Prices - Question (31 Oct 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, there seems to be consensus in the Government at last that the economy benefits when people have more money to spend or in their pockets. Government statistics show that the best way to improve pay is to join a trade union, such as my union, Unite, which has put £200 million into workers’ wallets through pay increases in the last year alone. It has won four in five out of more...

Seafarers’ Wages Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 5 (26 Oct 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, this amendment is needed to put the seafarers’ charter in the Bill. There is no doubt about that. Voluntary agreements do not work with employers such as P&O which have shown complete and utter contempt for the law and have avoided working with trade unions fighting to preserve local jobs that really keep the economy going. As a good example, the agency crew on P&O ferries are...

Direct Tax and National Insurance Contributions - Question (25 Oct 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, according to HMRC, most of the benefits of the lower rate of capital gains tax accrue to individuals resident in London and the south-east of England, and very little to less wealthy regions in the UK. Could the Minister please explain what assessment the Government have made of the impact of the capital gains tax regime upon regional incomes, and more importantly, wealth inequalities?

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

Lord Woodley: My Lords, the critique by the noble Lord, Lord Collins, was absolutely stunning. Last month, the Minister told this House that it was “outdated” to talk about workers and bosses because apparently: “We are all working together for the good of the country.”—[Official Report, 29/6/22; col. 645.] I say to the Minister: go and tell that to the 3.6 million kids in poverty. Go tell it to...

Economic Downturn - Question (18 Jul 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, we all agree that soaring inflation is a great threat to the economy and is, without a shadow of doubt, fuelling the cost of living crisis, but new research from my union, Unite, shows that it is being driven by corporate profiteering and some greed, with profit margins of the FTSE 350 firms now 73% higher than pre-pandemic. What is stopping the Government bringing in a windfall tax...

Cost of Living: Low Income Families with Children - Question (13 Jul 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, Loughborough University research shows that the temporary £20 uplift to universal credit helped reduce the number of children in poverty from 3.8 million to 3.6 million. That is a sizeable amount, without a shadow of a doubt. The report warns that the decision to end the uplift threatens to reverse this positive trend, and that in-work poverty has now become a major issue for many...

Shortage of Workers - Question ( 6 Jul 2022)

Lord Woodley: We all know—indeed, the last speaker just pointed it out—that one of the main reasons for the shortage of labour is Brexit. As the CEO of Ryanair said, that is the single biggest problem, but it is not helped either by Covid. However, there is a solution the Government unfortunately will not consider, even though it builds on their tremendous work to fast-track Ukrainians with relatives...

Strikes: Cover by Agency Workers - Question ( 5 Jul 2022)

Lord Woodley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with (1) employers, (2) employment agencies, and (3) trade unions, about their plans to remove regulation 7 of the Conduct Regulations 2003 to allow agency staff to cover for striking workers.

Strikes: Cover by Agency Workers - Question ( 5 Jul 2022)

Lord Woodley: I thank the Minister for his response, but he will not be surprised to hear that it is just not good enough. He has not consulted trade unions or employment agencies and, with respect, he does not even want to consult Parliament. That is the simple truth of it. Just last week—and I am not sure whether this is government policy—he claimed that unions do not represent anybody. That is...

Airports: Delays - Question (30 Jun 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, as we know, the recent airport delays are undoubtedly a direct result of opportunistic employers such as BA slashing jobs, pay and conditions during the pandemic. Now, unfortunately, we can all see that the chickens are indeed all coming home to roost, with many airlines too slow to rehire and refusing to restore wages that were stolen from staff under the cover of Covid. However, I...

Banks: Forgery - Question (30 Jun 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, as I am sure the Minister will know, in May 2019 Dame Elizabeth Gloster was appointed to investigate the collapse of London Capital & Finance and published a damning report in November 2021. Blackmore Bond is also about mini-bonds and poor regulation, yet no investigator has been appointed. Can the Minister explain why this is the case?

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

Lord Woodley: My Lords, it seems to me that the premise at the heart of this Question is the wrong way round. The Government should be supporting those 6 million trade unionists in this country who are really struggling to survive the cost of living crisis that is before us. They should not be undermining them by allowing bad bosses to break strikes with agency workers while, at the same time, the...

Prison Officers: Occupational Pension - Question (16 Jun 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, prison officers get unfair bad press, and they are undoubtedly badly treated by this Government. There is poor pay and a pension age of 68, as has just been said, all while working in often ultraviolent workplaces. Additionally, the Government cynically exploit those emergency front-line workers by depriving them of the most fundamental employment right of all: the right to strike....

Employment and Trade Union Rights (Dismissal and Re-engagement) Bill [HL] - First Reading (15 Jun 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I declare my interest as a former general secretary of Unite the Union. The Bill was introduced by Lord Woodley, read a first time and ordered to be printed.

Fire and Rehire - Question (15 Jun 2022)

Lord Woodley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent the use of fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic.

Fire and Rehire - Question (15 Jun 2022)

Lord Woodley: My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s response. Codes and consultations are helpful but, with respect, they do not go far enough. Ministers, including the Prime Minister, are paying lip service to condemning fire and rehire as an unacceptable practice. However, talk is cheap; we need legislation to stop the many abuses by numerous big-name companies and others. Today I will introduce a Bill...


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