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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Our Congress message to Beecroft & Burley - Bugger Off!

#tuc12 In the first debate of Congress, there was an early intervention by UNISON when NEC member Gordon McKay seconded Composite 3 on Employment Rights (which had been moved by Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey). Gordon said that UNISON would not stand aside as the jobs of public service workers who support the sick and vulnerable are privatised and their employment rights are attacked. He ended a powerful anti -Tory speech with a 'bugger off' message to venture capitalist Adrian Beecroft and right wing MP Aidan Burley who are fronting the Con Dem attack on trade union and workers rights.

Congress unanimously supported the comprehensive composite which called on the TUC to develop coherent proposals for a new approach to trade union and employment rights in the UK, based on ILO and European standards, and to work to secure full commitment to this programme from a future Labour government.