Council opposes Trade Union Bill

Council leader Barrie Grunewald outside St Helens Town Hall
Council leader Barrie Grunewald outside St Helens Town Hall

Councillors in St Helens have voiced their concerns about the Government’s controversial Trade Union Bill.

The Bill, which is currently going through parliament, proposes changes to strike ballot thresholds among a raft of reforms.

A motion submitted by St Helens council leader Barrie Grunewald refers to it as “the most vicious attack on unions in over 30 years”.

The motion goes on: “It will introduce measures that will make it more difficult for employees to stand up for and defend their rights at work.”

The council members approved the motion at Thursday’s meeting of the full chamber and agreed for the chief executive to write to business secretary Sajid Javid MP as well as the borough’s two MPs Marie Rimmer and Conor McGinn, requesting “that they use all means available during the committee stage of the Bill to prevent it from being enacted in its current form”.

The Bill passed through the House of Commons’ third reading stage last week.