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Monday, September 9, 2013

Union Organisation In Next, Amazon And Sports Direct Driven Underground Like The French Resistance TUC Congress Told

Blacklisting shows that the next Labour Government should make it a criminal offence for hostile employer to deny workers their basic rights to seek support of a trade union when they have problems at work says GMB

The TUC Congress in Bournemouth has backed a GMB call for it to be made a criminal offence for hostile employers to interfere with the civil rights of workers to combine and seek support of a trade union when they have problems at work. See notes to editors for a copy of speech by GMB.

Martin Smith GMB National Organizer said “So hostile are employers like Amazon, NEXT and Sports Direct that union organisation is driven underground adopting the tactics of the French resistance or human rights campaigns in totalitarian regimes.

Such hostility in not rare and left to themselves that is what many employers do as blacklisting 3,214 construction workers shows.

Oppressive activity at work which denies human rights should be a criminal offence.

GMB calls on the next labour government to make it a criminal offence for an employer to deny workers their basic right to organise and seek support of a trade union when they have problems at work.”

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Contact Martin Smith 07974 251 722 or GMB press office 07921 289880

Notes to editors copy of Martin Smith speech at TUC

Congress Martin Smith GMB speaking in support of composite motion 14 on employment rights.

Many good points have been raised by previous speakers that do not need to be repeated here. But GMB draws your attention to the clause in the motion which refers to our demand for a new legal right for workers to bring unions into their workplace.

Working people have the theoretical right under various UN charters and ILO conventions to associate with who they choose, to combine and to organise. But every day these basic human rights are denied by hostile employers refusing to allow workers access to unions and threatening their jobs. GMB calls on the next labour government to make it a criminal offence for an employer to deny workers their basic right to organise and seek support of a trade union when they have problems at work.

So hostile are employers like Amazon, NEXT and Sports Direct that union organisation is driven underground adopting the tactics of the French resistance or human rights campaigns in totalitarian regimes.

Such hostility in not rare and left to themselves that is what employers do as blacklisting 3,214 construction workers shows.

Oppressive activity at work which denies human rights should be a criminal offence.

And Congress whether we like it or not many working people have little confidence in the ability of the law to protect them from hostile employers or against threats of dismissal if they join or talk to a union.

Access to a union at work by right would support un-organised workers face down hostile managers and organise. And it would deliver the basic human right of freedom of association to working people in practice.

Congress as the motion calls for we must fight to recover the employment rights that have been taken from us and protect what is under threat.

But the best form of defence is often attack and it is important we make it clear both to this government and the next labour government that we aspire to more than just regaining what we have lost.

There are two types of power in our world - organised money and organised people. Money’s right to organise is very well protected. Lets protect workers rights to organise and seek support of a trade union when they have problems at work.

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