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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 Iain Gray Iain Gray Labour

The next sentence of my speech was to recognise that many trade unions that are not affiliated to any party will find their capacity to campaign, not least against such legislation, diminished by the bill’s measures.

Such views are overwhelmingly, if not unanimously, shared across the chamber. It is regrettable then that so many speakers have chosen to use the debate as an opportunity to return to debates about constitutional powers.

I differ from SNP members: I believe that standards of workplace rights should be protected across the United Kingdom. I oppose the bill being applied in Scotland, and I oppose it being applied in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Cardiff, too.