York Labour joined the rally to oppose the Trade Union Bill, on Saturday. Local MP Rachael Maskell, a former officer of the Unite union, addressed the meeting at St. Helen’s Square.
Rachael Maskell said
"The anti-Trade Union Bill is set to remove the basic human rights of workers, who, as a last resort, seek to take industrial action to leverage employers back round the table for further talks. It will leave the UK with the worst employment rights in Europe except for Bulgaria. In public services, where this bill will mean that half of employees will have to vote in an industrial action ballot and 40 per cent of the entire workforce will have to vote for action, a far higher threshold than MPs have to sit in the House of Commons, there are no obligations for government to engage with workers.
"Recent strikes have been provoked by ministers and mayors refusing to negotiate. If the government was serious about improving industrial relations and reducing disputes, they would get their house in order first. I will stand by workers who continue to exercise their human rights – no government can take this away."
The rally organisers and speakers.
Emma Hoddinott – Unison; Rachael Maskell MP; Shane Enright - Amnesty International; Neil Foster - Yorkshire and Humber TUC