QUESTION TO THE CABINET OFFICE ON TRADE UNIONS

Yesterday, I raised the issue of trade union subscriptions during Questions to the Cabinet Office.

Many employers, including the Government, deduct the subscription fees of their employees who are trade union members directly from that employee’s salary.  The system, known as “check-off”, is well established and is an inexpensive way for employers, trade union members and trade unions to work together effectively.

However, there are now concerns that the Government are now trying to end the system of “check-off” for government departments, an attempt which is politically motivated.  This would have a significant impact on trade union members as they could be forced to pay for subscriptions from the bank accounts and therefore incur bank charges etc.

This government fail to recognise the importance of trade unions generating growth and wealth in our country and there approach to this shows just that.  Trade unions are an important voice for people at work and in wider society, and have a central role to play in boosting training, pay and conditions for their members and helping Britain win the race to the top.

Click here to watch my question and the Minister’s response. (http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=14990&st=11:34:21)

 

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