Trade Union Bill

28 Apr 2016

4 positive changes the government have made to the Union Bill

It’s taken a lot of campaigning, but this week the government made some major concessions on the Trade Union Reform Bill - which had its Consideration of Lords’ Amendments stage in the House of Commons on Wednesday. It’s welcome news that the government have listened and made some much-needed and substantial changes to the Bill. Here are our four top Union Bill concessions: 1. The government have […]
15 Mar 2016

The government should let union members choose how they vote

Tomorrow, the Chancellor will present his budget for the year ahead. But it’s not the only important thing happening: though it won’t be dominating the headlines, the government’s controversial Trade Union Bill will reach one of its final stages in the House of Lords. What is represents is a last chance for the government to reconsider its position on some seriously contentious parts of the Bill […]
3 Mar 2016

It’s time for real cross-party funding talks

Party funding reform isn’t the sort of thing which should be done by one party to another. So we were pleased to welcome a key report on the Trade Union Bill yesterday – which as it stands would do just that. The report, from the catchily-titled ‘ Select Committee on Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding ’, makes the case for some important changes to the Union Bill, which could […]
21 Jan 2016

One small step towards cleaning up the big donor culture

Sometimes it’s the small victories that count. On Wednesday we released polling by BMG showing that 77% of the public think big donors have too much influence over our parties. And on the same day, Peers heeded the public by voting to set up a cross-party committee on party funding reform. The move comes amidst growing concern that the Trade Union Bill is completely one-sided in its approach to […]
20 Jan 2016

Let's get party funding reform right

The issue of how our parties are funded is at the core of Parliamentary democracy. And today, peers in the House of Lords are debating a major change to the current system in the Trade Union Bill that’s currently going through Parliament. The change is a significant one - but it's one-sided. By insisting in the Bill that union members should ‘opt-in’ to unions’ political funds, the Government […]