From SumOfUs: Sign the Petition to David Cameron: Scrap the Trade Union Bill. It’s undemocratic, unnecessary and deeply unjust.

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Sign the Petition to David Cameron:

Scrap the Trade Union Bill. It’s undemocratic, unnecessary and deeply unjust.

David Cameron: scrap the Trade Union Bill. It’s undemocratic, unnecessary and deeply unjust.

The government has just launched the biggest attack on workers’ rights in 30 years: the Trade Union Bill.

If it gets through, the Bill will bring trade unions to their knees, wiping out our democratic right to collectively bargain for safe working conditions, fair wages and healthy working hours.

It will make striking all but impossible, give the state massive new powers to intrude into the internal affairs of trade unions and their memberships — and it could bankrupt both the unions and the Labour Party.

This is the government’s most brazen attempt yet to silence those opposing its brutal, corporate agenda. If it succeeds, there will be no organised opposition to the government’s increasingly draconian attacks on workers. Our trade unions are worth defending — but we have just a few weeks to mount a massive opposition before the bill gets its second reading in the Commons. Will you speak out for workers’ rights?

David Cameron: scrap the Trade Union Bill. It’s undemocratic, unnecessary and deeply unjust.

The breadth of the government’s attack on the hard-won rights of working people is extraordinary. The bill restricts our universal human right to freedom of association; thanks to new strike ballot thresholds, massively increased red tape and other measures, it will now be virtually impossible to mount a strike.

If any strikes do go ahead, employers will now be allowed to hire agency workers — often low paid migrant women — to break them. And the right to peacefully picket is also being restricted, so peacefully protesting teachers, midwives and cleaners may end up in prison.

Finally, the Bill forces individuals to “opt in” to pay their political levy instead of opting out — a naked attempt to reduce funding to the Labour party and bankrupt the unions.

The aim is clear: the government wants to stop people from opposing its corporate agenda, and it’s willing to sweep away our country’s proud tradition of liberty and democracy to do that. Let’s let David Cameron know we won’t be silenced — and we will stand up for our unions, and our rights.

David Cameron: scrap the Trade Union Bill. It’s undemocratic, unnecessary and deeply unjust.

SumOfUs

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More information:

Biggest crackdown on trade unions for 30 years launched by Conservatives, The Guardian, 15 July 2015
PM ‘rigging rules’ by changing law on trade union political funds – Harman, The Guardian, 15 July 2015
The Trade Unions Bill is the beginning of the end for all workers’ rights, Politics.co.uk, 15 July 2015

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