Bromley: Stop attacks on Unite
Bromley council attacks Unite
Bromley: Stop attacking union members rights
Just as unions warn that Bromley Council is set to unveil plans for some of the biggest cuts in its history, the Tory Council has announced plans to immediately cease trade union 'facility time'.
Facility time arrangements, commonly supported by employers right across the country, allow workforce representatives to be released from their jobs to carry out trade union representation and other duties.
This disgraceful plan could leave thousands of local authority trade union members in Bromley UNITE and Bromley UNISON without access to a local lay representative to help organise and defend them, just as they see their jobs threatened with cuts and privatisation.
As an online petition makes clear, "Bromley council is embarking on over £70m of cuts in the next four years despite sitting on over £100m in reserves and £500m of assets, they are also looking to privatise over 2000 workers. These cuts will devastate the lives of the young, the old, disabled and vulnerable in Bromley and it will mean many more workers will face the misery of pay cuts and redundancy. Never has it been more important for them to have the protection of their unions".
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A Facebook group 'Boycott Bromley' has also been set up, calling on workers to let Bromley know that they won't apply for jobs in a Council that attacks workers' rights to be represented by their union.
Unfortunately Bromleys move is not unique:
This government is using the state as a union buster - Mark Serwotka
With recent announcements that the government plans to shake up the way that unions in the civil service are funded, the right to organise is again under attack. This time the check-off system of dues collection is in the firing line which will mean disruption for PCS and an aberration from a system that has held good for members for decades. Mark Serwotka explains the motives driving the Cabinet Office's attempts to weaken the PCS and argues that the withdrawal of check-off, when read in a context of other attacks like the change to balloting rules and facilities time, amounts to a campaign of union busting by the state.
Read more here