Published December 7, 2015 at 18:04
UNISON Blackburn with Darwen branch have praised councillors who stood up for trade unions in the council chamber.
Councillor Don McKinlay, member for Higher Croft, asked councillor Mohammed Khan, leader of the council, whether the anti-trade union bill had any part to play in British society at the Council Forum last night (Thursday, December 3).
Councillor McKinlay in his preamble to his question said the council worked closely with the unions and the proposed trader union bill going through Parliament now at the House of Lords stage was a deliberate attempt to undermine these democratic institution.
Councillor Khan replied he appreciated the work the unions did in the council and said the bill was “spiteful and vindictive” and was opposed by many including Tory backbenchers.
He ended by saying if the bill went through and became an Act, he would instruct officers to work with the unions to mitigate against the effects.
Denise Wilkins, branch secretary, had written to councillor Khan urging the council to set out opposition to bill following a motion being passed at branch committee.
The motion said the bill is an “an unnecessary, spiteful and politically-driven attack on hard working people to restrict their voice at work, as well as those who represent members.”
Denise said: “I want to thank councillor Khan for reminding his fellow members about the good unions do and I want to thank councillor Mckinlay for raising the question.
“This bill has been condemned by many organisations including liberty groups, other councils, employers and several on the Tory backbenches.
“I especially welcome councillor Khan’s pledge that officers will work with us if the bill becomes law.”