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‘Tear up’ union legislation, UCU tells Labour

The Labour party should “tear up the current legislation” relating to trade-union activity if it comes to power at the next election, according to the general secretary of the University and College Union.

Jo Grady (pictured) told HE that the UK’s “draconian anti-trade union laws” were “deeply damaging and undermine the fundamental rights of employees to challenge injustice in the workplace”.

She was speaking after a motion at the Trades Union Congress in Brighton earlier this month called for a “more radical pro-union stance” from the Labour party, which would involve “replacing anti-union legislation with positive rights, including the right to strike”. The motion, proposed by the Fire Brigade’s Union and passed unanimously, demands that Labour, which is holding its party conference in Brighton this week, commits to repealing all of the UK’s “anti-union laws”.

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