SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has voted to oppose the UK Government’s ‘draconian’ Trade Union Bill – and has questioned Labour on their failure to back the devolution of power over industrial relations to Scotland.
A motion condemning the Trade Union Bill was passed in the Scottish Parliament with support from Labour MSPs, despite the fact that Labour MPs at Westminster voted against an SNP amendment to the Scotland Bill to devolve responsibility for industrial relations and workers’ rights to Scotland – and chose instead to leave them under the control of the Tory government.
Commenting, Stuart McMillan MSP said:
“I was honoured to cast my vote in the Scottish Parliament to stand against the UK Government’s draconian Trade Union Bill. I was also pleased to see Labour MSPs joining with the SNP in opposing this attack on workers’ rights, but it simply begs the question: why did Labour vote against the SNP’s plans to devolve powers over industrial relations to Scotland – rather than leaving them in the hands of a Tory Government who treat Trade Unions as enemies?
“Trade Unions play a positive role in making employees and workplaces more productive and innovative, through increased engagement and dialogue. Attacks on the rights of employees and Trade Unions will discourage the positive and effective participation of employees. This Bill that is being imposed by a Tory Government will make it harder for employees to have their voice heard, to organise, to bargain collectively. It is not in the interests of workers.”
Stuart McMillan MSP also highlighted SNP calls for employment law to be devolved, which would have excluded Scotland from Tory attacks on Trade Unions.
“The SNP proposed plans to devolve powers over industrial relations which would have allowed the Scottish Parliament to support the work of our unions rather than attacking them. That Labour would rather leave these powers in David Cameron’s hands giving him carte blanche to undermine unions in Scotland is as mystifying as it is wrong. Local Labour politicians will have to answer to workers across Inverclyde for their decision.
“Trade Unionists and workers across Inverclyde can be assured that I will continue to do everything I can to fight this anti-worker legislation every step of the way.”