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Tories On Councillors Trade Union Links

Friday, September 20, 2013

Requiring Councillors To Declare Trade Union Interests Is “Damp Squib” As Both Have Nothing To Fear From Transparency Says GMB

Local Government Minister requiring councillors to declare their trade union membership seemingly oblivious to the fact that they already do as councillors are proud of their union links and happy to declare it says GMB

GMB, the union for public services workers, commented on the announcement by Brandon Lewis, Local Government Minister in the Department for Local Government and Communities that he has issued new guidance today requiring councillors to declare trade union interests.

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said "This is something of a damp squib that I don't think anyone will be too worried about. 

The Local Government Minister is requiring councillors to declare their trade union membership seemingly oblivious to the fact that they already do.

In my experience councillors of all political parties and independents are proud of their union membership and happy to declare it.  

This is because councillors recognise all the valuable work done by trade union representatives throughout local government and indeed the wider economy. 

While this is clearly meant to be another Tory attack on trade unions it will achieve very little because trade unions and councillors have nothing to fear from openness and transparency, unlike the Conservative Party who won't even admit how few members they have."

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Contact Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or 0207 391 6700

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