13 September 2021

Defending democracy, trade unions and the right to protest

Congress resolves to campaign to prevent further attacks on our rights including the repeal of all anti-trade union laws.

C11 Tory attacks on our rights: defend democracy, trade unions and the right to protest (including motion 50 and 51) was moved by the FBU and Unite

The motion warned that “the increasingly authoritarian legislation introduced by the Conservative government poses a threat to the UK’s democracy, and our fundamental civil and human rights”, mentioning in particular the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill.

Congress resolved to campaign with civil society groups against specific measures of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, mobilising trade unionists for campaign events, including a joint union rally, and against the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill. Also to oppose any attempts to scrap or curb the Human Rights Act and to campaign for the repeal of all anti-trade union laws.

Moving the motion, Matt Wrack of the FBU said “Covid has emboldened bosses to use the pandemic to attack workers’ jobs, our pay and our hard won conditions. Working hand in glove, the government and employers are terrified of our responses to these attacks. They fear the anger stoked over the past decade by cuts, they fear a reckoning for the injustices of their divide and rule strategies. Congress, we do not try and silence - you do not try and silence someone with the tool as blunt as this unless you know they have something to say and Congress, ours is a powerful voice.”

Supporting the motion, PCS national executive committee’s Sarah Morton said “With an 80 seat majority the Tories have a clear route into parliament to expand on deeply troubling legislative agenda. The Bills that are already making their way through parliament are clear and direct attacks on our democracy, our civil liberties and right of protest.”

She went on “protest is a trade union issue and a fundamental principle of democracy. Across the world every day trade unionists lead the charge in challenging state violence and corruption.  Protest is firmly embedded in our movement and the fight for equality, justice and freedom is at the heart of every thing we do.”

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