The Green Party has sent us the following statement, modelled on the ‘Free Our Unions’ statement initiated by Lambeth Unison and promoted by The Clarion.
The Clarion is a Labour-supporting publication, and we have plenty of criticisms of the Green Party’s record on workers’ rights (eg in the 2013 Brighton bin dispute), but credit where it is due. We welcome the Green Party taking this issue seriously and call on the Labour leadership to do the same.
The Green Party supports the right to organise and strike.
We join with other workers’ representatives to free our unions by campaigning to abolish the anti-trade union laws which hamstring workers organising and taking industrial action, and replace them with strong legal rights.
We seek a strong legal charter of workers rights because workers need an effective right to strike. We concur with the Labour Party 2017 conference demand to repeal the 2016 Trade Union Act and the anti-union laws introduced under Conservative Governments in the 1980s and 90s, which remained in place after 1997.
The next Government must legislate for strong rights to unionise, win recognition and collective bargaining, strike, picket and take solidarity action. We will campaign to ensure:
• Complete repeal of all the anti-union laws introduced after 1979
• Strong legal rights for workers to join, belong to and recruit others to a union; strike by a process, at a time and for demands of their own choosing, including in solidarity with other workers and for broader social and political goals; and picket freely.
• Strong legal rights for unions to access workplaces, win recognition and engage in collective bargaining, including sector wide bargaining.
• The right of unions to determine their own structures, rules and processes, decide their own policies and activities and spend their funds as they choose, free from state and employer interference, in line with the International Labour Organisation conventions and the European Convention on Human Rights.
We need the right to organise and strike – free our unions!
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