Commenting on governments latest proposals to prevent people who work in the public sector from paying their union membership fees directly from their wages:
UNISON West Midlands Regional Secretary said:
“This latest malicious
manoeuvre from ministers shows how far a Conservative government are prepared
to go to attack ordinary working people. In simple terms they are
planning to go to deny nurses, care workers, teaching assistants, hospital
cleaners and town hall staff a voice at work.
Anyone with a job in the
public sector must wonder why the government dislikes them so much that it is
set on a series of such spiteful attacks on them through their unions.
Allowing union subs to be
taken directly from peoples’ salaries is convenient for individual employees,
their unions and their employers – and it works well in both the public and
private sectors of the economy.
The suggestion that this costs
the taxpayer is simply not true, in much of the public sector, unions pay the
hospital trust or the local council the cost of taking the subs at source, so
there is no cost to the public purse.
Employees in workplaces where
there are unions are more likely to earn more, be better trained, and have
safer working conditions, than those where there is no union.
Ministers are undermining our
public services by putting partnership working between unions and employers –
that benefits the public – at risk. This is nothing more than a cheap political
The government is showing
once more that by making it harder for unions in the public sector to stand up
for their members, it can never be the party of working people. Attacks on
unions are attacks on working people too.