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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 James Kelly James Kelly Labour

Thank you, Presiding Officer.

Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride) (SNP) rose—

No, thank you; I am in my last minute.

I emphasise that it is important that we move things forward and explore how to oppose the bill. When I read the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee’s report, I was interested to see the Law Society’s contribution in relation to ECHR. Although it noted that the UK Government had published a statement of compatibility, it questioned whether the bill, if all its measures were considered together, would be compatible with ECHR. That is another basis on which the Scottish Government could oppose the bill.

There have been a lot of strong speeches in opposition to the Trade Union Bill, which is understandable. The key issues to take forward are the ECHR point and the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee’s opportunity to explore whether the standing orders could be changed to allow an LCM to be brought to the floor of the chamber.