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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

For the SNP to make that the core of its argument, for party purposes, is to betray the interests of 6 million trade unionists.

It is far better to focus on where we agree. Back in December, Labour members and the Government strongly agreed that this Parliament should debate a legislative consent motion on the bill. The argument was clear and as far as we are concerned it remains correct: the bill might not impinge on the Scottish Government’s legislative competence but it certainly impinges on the Scottish Government’s executive competence in health services, education, fire services and elements of transport.

We welcomed the submission of a legislative consent memorandum by the cabinet secretary and we regret the decision that was taken that it was not competent. We remain frustrated that the lack of an LCM leaves the recommendations of the Devolution (Further Powers) Committee and any decision that the Parliament takes tonight without force.