Unions vote to resist anti-strike law which could see staff sacked …
Trade unions representing millions of workers have overwhelmingly voted to resist the Government’s draconian anti-strike laws.
A motion urging "non-compliance and non cooperation" with the Tory Strikes Act passed at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) in Liverpool. It creates a policy of defiance against the legislation passed in July, which aims to crack down on public sector walkouts by imposing minimum staffing levels in key sectors like rail, fire, health and education.
NASUWT General Secretary Patrick Roach accused the Government of mounting a "systematic assault" on the public sector which has left over-worked staff broken, schools crumbling and public services on the brink of collapse. "It's this Government that's failed to maintain the minimum service levels needed to protect the public. Them, not us not our members," he said. "We will not stop until this Government is sent packing."Unite leader warns 'too timid' Keir Starmer that workers 'can't wait for jam tomorrow' Unions to report Tory Government to UN watchdog over 'spiteful' anti-strike law
Mick Lynch, leader of the RMT rail union, said: "Let's not accept this meekly. Meek compliance with this legislation is the road to oblivion for this movement. Nobody remembers those that comply with oppression." He added: "We're gonna turn this legislation over and defeat it at the workplace and on the streets - mass mobilisation of the British working class."
TUC General Secretary Paul Nowak has said the motion doesn't instruct members to break the law but would empower the union body to explore all options to protect the right to strike.
Gary Smith, GMB General Secretary, told the Mirror that spontaneous walkouts could be called if people are sacked under the anti-strikes law. “Ambulance staff and other keyworkers won’t sit idly by if the Tories try to sack their colleagues and friends because of this awful legislation," he said. "We could potentially see spontaneous action. That’ll be the moment when the Tories are shown just how much they are out of step with the people of our country.”
The TUC plans to report the Government to the International Labour Organization (ILO) – the UN workers’ rights watchdog – over the Strikes Act, which became law earlier this year. Another motion by Unite was passed, calling for the repeal of all anti-trade union laws in the first 12 months of a Labour Government.
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