On Tuesday, the Government announced its plans to implement the remaining parts of the Trade Union Act 2016 - which give the trade union Certification Officer additional powers.
These include changes:
· Increased investigatory powers and the power to act without an application (section 17)
· Power to impose financial penalties following a finding against a Union (section 19)
· Power to impose a levy on trade unions and employers’ associations to contribute to the costs of the Certification Office (section 20)
Responding to the announcement, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“This pandemic has brutally exposed the terrible working conditions and insecurity many in Britain face. The government’s response is to try & undermine unions. This is not a way to level up a country”
“Millions have turned to unions during the crisis to protect their jobs, defend their rights and keep their workplaces safe. But rather than cracking down on bad employers, the government is trying to tie unions up in more red tape.”
“They will hit unions with expensive new levies – that’s money straight from the pockets of care workers, nurses and supermarket staff.”
“And unions will have to spend more time dealing with baseless complaints.
“Ministers should be working with unions to improve working lives – not looking for new ways to undermine us.”
See the government announcement here
Read more about the TUC response here