GMB Congress calls for repeal of Thatcher anti-union laws

The following motion was successfully proposed to the June 2019 GMB Congress by GMB London Central General, one of the first branches to sign the Free Our Unions statement when it was launched in early 2018.

Congress notes Labour’s 2017 Manifesto Chapter “A fair deal at work”.

Congress welcomes the commitments for a new Ministry of Labour/Department of Employment.

Congress calls:

for Labour’s Manifesto to contain explicit proposals to implement laws to “ensure Britain abides by the global Labour standards of the ILO conventions”.

for Labour’s Manifesto to contain explicit proposals to implement laws about Trade Union rights to organise meeting the GMB’s stated policy aims including solidarity action; this will require the repeal of Thatcher’s and later Tory Trade Union “Reform” laws.

for the next Labour Government to repeal the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.

Congress instructs the CEC to campaign for these goals and to co-operate with the TUC and other civic society organisations with similar goals.

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