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Welsh Conservatives back critical trade union reform

Welsh Conservatives have today backed critical reform of trade unions.

On Tuesday, in the National Assembly for Wales, a vote took place in relation to a legislative consent memorandum concerning the UK Government’s Trade Union Bill.

Welsh Conservatives have questioned the need for an LCM, given employment law is a non-devolved matter, but have voted in favour to show the Group’s support for vital, modernising reform for trade unions.

Following Tuesday’s debate, a Welsh Conservative spokesperson said:

“Today’s vote proves only the Welsh Conservatives are on the side of hardworking people and our nation’s public services – as the UK Government delivers a key manifesto commitment.

“Trade unions have a vital role to play in improving workplace conditions. However, across Wales, Union Members are sick and tired of being held to ransom by Union General Secretaries, living out their political fantasies against the will of workers.

“Under this Bill, a 40% support threshold to take industrial action in key public sector areas will be introduced – ensuring Wales’ public services are not unduly disrupted without a fair mandate. These are modernising reforms backed by workers across Wales.

“This Bill makes critical reform to the Trade Unions, protecting public services and implementing a transparent opt-in process for political subscriptions.”

The spokesperson added: “During today’s debate, Assembly Members on other benches failed to declare an interest – despite many have seen their political campaigns bankrolled by Trade Unions. A cynic could suggest many of those Members have a clear vested interest in pleasing Union General Secretaries!”