Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon, has spoken in the House of Commons in the debate on the Government’s controversial Trade Union Bill. Mr Kinnock spoke at the Bill’s Committee Stage, where MPs are required to address specific clauses or amendments to the Bill. He focussed on the sections of the Bill which deal with picketing, which he informed the House would subject trade unions to ‘levels of police scrutiny and control that go far beyond what is fair or necessary.’
Mr Kinnock urged the Government to consider the impact the requirements will place on police forces are already stretched to provide day-to-day policing under current resources who will face further difficulties if they are required to police industrial action in the way prescribed by the Bill.
He also called for a move for more collective bargaining across the economy to positively impact on productivity. The Trade Union Bill, Mr Kinnock told the House, ‘will neither change the culture nor increase productivity. Instead, it will lead to an entrenching of the “them versus us” culture that is bad for workers, employers, customers, business, and the public at large.”