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Trade Union Bill

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 26th January 2016.

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Photo of Neil Findlay Neil Findlay Labour

I declare an interest, in that I am a member of Unite the union, the Educational Institute of Scotland and the West Lothian Trade Union Council. I also chair the Public and Commercial Services Union parliamentary group, and I am a member of the RMT parliamentary group. Throughout my time in the Parliament, I have consistently worked on trade union issues, because that is where my politics come from.

A few weeks ago, when we debated the substance of the Trade Union Bill, there was a great deal of common cause across the Parliament, with Labour, the Scottish National Party, the Greens, the Liberals and the independents all uniting to reject the bill. Only the nasty party, the party that seeks to divide and victimise and marginalise working people—the party that has a pathological hatred of trade unions and organised labour—supported this dreadful bill. No one was surprised by its actions. It is the party of regressive reactionary politics, personified today by Attila and Genghis, who have been sent out on the front bench to face up to the debate.