Thursday, 9 January 2014

Government concessions on Lobbying Bill do not end its attack on free speech, warns TUC

Commenting on the latest changes the government has made to the Lobbying Bill today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“After uniting the whole of civil society against it, the government has today been forced to make further concessions on the Lobbying Bill.
“But it would be a mistake to think that the changes meet the concerns raised or end the attack on free speech. Nor do they undo the damage done through lack of consultation, or the failure even to attempt to try and build consensus.
“The attacks on trade unions in part three remain unchanged. This is despite the red flag from the Regulatory Policy Committee, the government’s continuing failure to spell out why changes are needed and the clear threat to union membership confidentiality.
“This is a bad, partisan Bill entirely devoid of merit. It should be scrapped.”

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