Lords discusses Trade Union Bill

25 February 2016

The Trade Union Bill will conclude committee stage, the chance for line by line scrutiny, in the Lords on Thursday 25 February.

Members of the Lords will discuss amendments relating to union subscriptions and establishing an Independent Adjudication Panel.

Report stage, further line by line examination of the bill, is scheduled for 16 March.

Committee stage day three: Tuesday 23 February

Members of the Lords discussed amendments relating to union expenditure, deduction of union subscriptions from wages in the public sector, and effective employee engagement in industrial relations.

A fourth day of committee stage is scheduled for 25 February.

Committee stage day two: Wednesday 10 February

Members of the Lords discussed amendments relating to picket supervisors, a code of practice and contribution to political funds.

A third day of committee stage is scheduled for 23 February.

Committee stage day one: Monday 8 February

Members of the Lords discussed amendments relating to the balloting, information and timing of industrial action.

A second day of committee stage is scheduled for 10 February.

Second reading: Monday 11 January

Members debated the key areas covered by the bill, including changes to laws around industrial action, balloting and union members’ contributions. They also looked at proposed changes to the role of the Certification Officer in regulating the activity of trade unions.

A number of members raised concerns around the scope of the bill, asking if the measures outlined are too restrictive.

Committee stage, line by line examination of the bill, is yet to be scheduled.

Trade Union Bill summary

The bill will define laws around industrial action, trade unions, employers’ associations and the functions of the Certification Officer.

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