Attack on Facility Time Defeated

MPs have rejected a bid by the Hereford and South Herefordshire Conservative backbencher Jesse Norman to make trade unions pay for the hours their officials spend working for a union when they are supposed to be working for an employer.

Norman argued that the taxpayer should not be funding union activity in the public sector and that more money should instead be spent on frontline services.

Labour MP John Healey spoke against the bill, arguing that union representatives improved workplace health and safety, helped negotiate pay deals and ultimately saved the state money.

The Bill was defeated by 211 votes to 132.

 

To find out more, visit:

Hansard: www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201212/cmhansrd/cm120111/debtext/120111-0001.htm#12011176000002

Strongerunions blog: http://strongerunions.org/2012/01/11/investment-banker-attacks-workplace-volunteers/http://strongerunions.org/2012/01/11/attack-on-union-reps-defeated/