Readers’ letters - Friday, September 25

The new Trade Union Bill will make disputes more bitter says a correspondent. See letter
The new Trade Union Bill will make disputes more bitter says a correspondent. See letter

Bill should be scrapped

I am very proud to be a member of a trade union and the honour to serve our members as an elected national executive member. However, I am appalled at what I feel is a ‘war’ on people like me carried out by this government.

My union Unite has supported not just me, but the rest of manufacturing industry during the recent very tough years.

Unite and our members have fought for better pay, saved jobs (including whole industries), supported skills and apprenticeships, ensured we have decent health and safety at work; defended communities, our NHS, public services, worked closely with companies to raise productivity and bring work to the UK.

The Tory government is now planning new laws that further shackle and attack the vital work unions do. It is a further attack on the democracy of workers showing Cameron’s hypocrisy, whose Government was elected by a mere 24 per cent of the electorate. If the same rules were applied to politicians, there would not be one councillor elected to office and only an handful of MPs.

Instead, they should be thanking working people and their unions for putting our shoulders to the wheel during the recession, for working cooperatively with employers to find solutions to problems at work.

The Government’s hatred of unions will result in very bad laws for the British people. Their appalling Trade Union Bill will not modernise industrial relations, but will make disputes more bitter.

Were the Government truly interested in improving things at work, then they would not be undermining basic rights – and were they truly interested in raising turnouts in strike ballots, they would be bringing modern, secure voting to workplaces.

The land of Magna Carta should not be legislating to make lawful strikes all but impossible, and our government should not be seeking to silence people on social media.

As senior Tory MP David Davis says, the Trade Union Bill is like something from the dark days of Spanish dictator General Franco and the fascist state.

Nobody wants this Bill – not the police, the HR managers, agency labour employers, nor civil rights groups. It has no place in modern-day Britain. It should be scrapped, now.

Ged Dempsey

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It’s time to leave the EU

Germany is recognised for being highly efficient and a country that is the powerhouse of Europe and the EU, but after recent events that is now being called into question.

First Chancellor Angela Merkel has been blamed for causing the current and ongoing migrant crisis with her open door policy of welcoming hundreds of thousands migrants into her country. That is encouraging millions to make the perilous journey from Syria and causing mayhem in the countries between their arrival point and their chosen destination, Germany.

Because of her stance on migrants, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, has now forced other EU member states, who are signed up the Schengen Agreement (open borders) to accept quotas of the 120,000 that have so far arrived from Italy and Greece. Many are economic migrants seeking a better life, and how many are terrorists ?

All this without any thought for the residents, businesses, religious concerns or economies of these countries, Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and the Czech Republic and all the others that are already affected.

Now we hear about the VW exhaust- rigging scandal that has affected 11 million vehicles world -wide, which will be extremely expensive for the car giant to resolve the issues that are now accruing, legal action, compensation etc and to the German economy. It may also spell the end to the diesel engine – a German invention.

Not a happy time for Angela Merkel or VW, or the rest of the member states having the migrants forced onto them. It is time that we left the EU to its own devices and all that goes with them.

Philip Griffiths,

North West President

UKIP (UK Independence Party)