[2023] Motion 01 Trade union and employment rights

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Congress condemns the renewed attack on trade union rights including proposals to undermine industrial action in the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Bill and calls for the repeal of all anti-union laws.

Congress also condemns the fact that trade union rights could also be undermined by other legislation such as the Public Order Bill and the Retained EU Law Bill.

Congress believes that attacks on trade union rights and on employment rights more widely further demonstrates the case for the devolution of employment law.

Congress notes that the House of Lords voted to exclude Scotland from the Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) legislation, but this was overturned by the Tory majority in the House of Commons.

Congress also notes the letter to the UK parliamentary under secretary of state from the Scottish Government cabinet secretary for well-being economy, fair work and energy reiterating opposition to the Bill and calling for its abandonment.

Congress further notes that devolution of employment law is the policy of the Labour Party in Scotland and supported by the current Scottish Parliament.

Congress calls upon the General Council to oppose any new anti-trade union legislation and campaign for the:

i. repeal of all current anti-trade union legislation

ii. devolution of employment law to Scotland

iii. Labour government (if elected in the next two years) to repeal all anti-trade union laws within 12 months of gaining office

iv. introduction of a bill of rights providing positive employment and trade union rights – including strong rights to collectively bargain and to take strike action.



› At the end of paragraph 2, insert the additional sentence:
“Workers in many transnational and globalised industries are also denied meaningful rights to organise disputes or demonstrate solidarity internationally.”