Welsh Lib Dems vote against Trade Union Bill’s “assault on civil liberties”
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have joined other AMs in voting against the “undemocratic” Trade Union Bill in an Assembly vote today, in the hope that the Bill’s provisions won’t apply to Wales if eventually passed by Westminster.
The Legislative Consent Motion before the Assembly today allowed AMs to reject the Bill’s provisions which relate to devolved matters.
Liberal Democrats in Westminster have also provided robust opposition to the Bill, including by ensuring plans to tilt the scales of party funding in favour of the Conservatives were separated from the Bill during its passage through the Lords.
Peter Black AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Social Justice Minister, said:
“The Tories’ proposals are fundamentally undemocratic and constitute a massive assault on the civil liberties of our workers. We will fight to protect the human rights of workers and ensure their ability to strike and assemble isn’t diminished.
“I’m pleased the Assembly has voted these terrible proposals down. Conservative Ministers now must respect the voice of this Assembly and not force these draconian plans on Welsh workers.”