Trade Union Bill is “an ideologically driven attack on workers’ rights” says Leeds council deputy leader

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Leeds City Council’s deputy leader will use this Wednesday’s full council meeting to condemn Government moves to reduce the role and influence of trade unions.

Councillor James Lewis will address the Leeds Civic Hall chamber with a White Paper motion urging colleagues to join him in a call for a scrapping of the Trade Union Bill - and to reinforce their support of the “positive role that Trade Unions bring to society”.

The Government’s proposals are yet to receive Royal Assent.

Councillor Lewis will propose a motion which states: “As a major employer in the local area, this council welcomes the positive benefits that arise from the relationship that we have with recognised Trade Unions.

“This council believes that the Trade Union bill, far from assisting employer-employee relations or improving workplace democracy, is an ideologically driven attack on the fundamental rights and freedoms of workers to organise or take strike action.

“It is also deliberately designed to dramatically reduce funding to the main party in opposition to the Government, and as such is a threat to our democracy.”