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New campaign for justice at work

12 March 2013

Join us at the launch of the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom, on Saturday 23 March.

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The right to organise in a union and take strike action are internationally recognised human rights, but legislation brought in between 1979 and 1995 means workers in Britain have fewer rights than 100 years ago. Lawful ballots with huge majorities are often frustrated in the courts, whilst notification periods before action can be taken reduce our ability to respond flexibly.

A new campaign to call for the positive protection of our right to organise and defend our interests at work is soon to be launched, with support from TSSA and dozens of other unions. The campaign calls for laws that will allow unions to better protect their members, prevent undemocratic legal maneuvers by employers and restore and extend collective bargaining.

After decades going backwards, and the gap between rich and poor widening, it’s time to make a change. We need to build the strongest demand possible for modern unions laws that allow unions to operate democratically and freely.

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes, said, "Trade union rights are basic human rights. Working people must be able to withdraw their labour without qualification. The ability of trade union members to show solidarity with their sisters and brothers involved in industrial, social and economic struggles should not be restrained in the 21st Century.

"Our government should be greatly ashamed of the fact that the UK repeatedly finds itself in breach of International Labour Organisation Conventions on fundamental trade union rights. The next Labour government must end this pariah status and given us a radical bill of workers rights which must include the right to strike!"


Date: Saturday 23 March
Time: 1:30 - 4:30
Location: Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ

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