Constituency MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Jamie Hepburn and local MP Stuart McDonald have both been fighting for the rights of Trade Unions against ‘anti-worker’ attacks by the Tories.
In the Scottish Parliament Jamie Hepburn MSP has voted to oppose the UK Government’s ‘anti-worker’ Trade Union Bill
While Labour joined with the SNP to oppose this Bill in Holyrood in Westminster they failed to support the an amendment to the Scotland Bill which would have see the devolution of power over industrial relations to Scotland and chose instead to leave them under the control of the Tory government.
The Scottish Government has already asked the UK Government to exclude Scotland from the Trade Union Bill in its entirety – and that if they are unwilling to do so, the consent of the Scottish Parliament should be sought before the legislation is imposed on Scotland.
Commenting, Mr Hepburn said:
“I was proud to cast my vote in the Scottish Parliament to stand against the UK Government’s Trade Union Bill which is represents an outrageous attack on workers’ rights.
“This ideologically driven attack also hampers the rights of devolved administrations, local authorities and other public bodies to determine their own industrial relations.
“Scotland’s voice cannot be ignored – the Scottish Parliament should be required to give its consent to any such legislation that would so drastically alter the rights of our workers and unions.
“That Labour would rather leave these powers in David Cameron’s hands giving him carte blanche to undermine unions in Scotland is as bewildering as it is wrong.”
“Trade Unions play a positive and constructive role in our local economy and our society I will continue to do everything I can to fight this anti-worker legislation every step of the way.”
Mr McDonald MP said:
“This Trade Union Bill is draconian and undemocratic. It is an attack on workers, their on hard won rights and civil liberties.
“Trade Union members and civil liberties organisations have been extensively and persuasively lobbying MPs, but the Tory government simply ignored the arguments about how the bill would undermine worker’s rights and freedom of expression.
“The SNP proposed plans to devolve powers over industrial relations which would have allowed the Scottish Parliament to take a new and better approach – supporting the work of our unions rather than attacking them.
“Labour need to get their story straight. They vote against these measures but then also vote against putting control over these matters in the hands of a Government which supports workers rights.