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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 15 October 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

New Amendments handed in are marked thus Parliamentary Star

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: 75-76, NCs 4-8

 

Trade Union Bill


 

Note

 

This document includes all amendments remaining before the Committee and

 

includes any withdrawn amendments at the end. The amendments have been

 

arranged in accordance with the Order of the Committee [13 October 2015].

 


 

Nick Boles

 

That the Order of the Committee of 13 October 2015 be varied by the insertion of

 

“; NASUWT” at the end of the third column of the 13th row (Thursday 15 October

 

  Until no later than 3.00pm) of the Table in paragraph (2).

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

1

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  leave out lines 9 and 10 and insert—

 

“(iia)    

in which at least 50% of those who were sent a ballot paper in accordance with

 

section 230(2) of the 1992 Act voted, and”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

2

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  leave out lines 9 and 10 and insert—


 
 

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

“(iia)    

in which at least 50% of those who according to the trade union’s reasonable

 

belief were employed by the employer in a trade dispute, and whom the union

 

reasonably believed would be induced to take part in the industrial action, voted

 

and”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

3

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

Small or accidental failures in the arrangements for carrying out the ballot which

 

do not affect the result of the ballot are disregarded for the purposes of

 

compliance with section 226.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would ensure that small or accidental mistakes in the carrying out of a ballot

 

which are immaterial to the outcome of the ballot are disregarded and are not grounds for

 

complaint to the Certification Officer or recourse to the courts.

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

4

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  5,  after “engaged” insert “solely”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

5

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  leave out lines 6 to 8 insert—

 

“the provision of essential public services.”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

6

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  leave out lines 7 and 8

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

7

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  9,  leave out “were entitled to vote in the ballot” and insert:

 

“according to the trade union’s reasonable belief were employed by the employer in a

 

trade dispute, and whom the union reasonably believed would be induced to take part in

 

the industrial action,”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

8

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  10,  leave out “entitled to vote in the ballot” and insert “sent a


 
 

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

ballot paper in accordance with section 230(2) of the 1992 Act.”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

9

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  leave out lines 11 and 12 and insert—

 

“(2D)    

In subsection (2B) “essential public services” means those services the

 

interruption of which would endanger the life, personal safety or health of the

 

whole or part of the population.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would define “essential public services” in accordance with the International

 

Labour Organisation’s definition.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

10

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  leave out lines 13 to 21

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

11

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(2G)    

None of the provisions of this section shall apply to services the provision of

 

which is devolved wholly or partially to the Scottish Government, Welsh

 

Government or Northern Ireland Executive.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would ensure that the provisions of the Bill requiring 40% support for industrial

 

action in certain public services would not apply to services devolved to the Scottish Government,

 

the Welsh Government and the Northern Ireland Executive.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

12

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(2H)    

None of the provisions of this section shall apply to services provided by the

 

Mayor of London or local authorities in England.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would ensure that the provisions of the Bill requiring 40% support for industrial

 

action in certain public services would not apply to services devolved to the Mayor of London or

 

local authorities in England.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

13

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  24,  and insert―


 
 

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“(3ZA)    

Small or accidental failures in the arrangements for carrying out the ballot which

 

do not affect the result of the ballot are disregarded for the purposes of

 

compliance this section.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would ensure that small or accidental mistakes in the carrying out of a ballot

 

which are immaterial to the outcome of the ballot are disregarded and not grounds for complaint

 

to the Certification Officer or recourse to the courts.

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

14

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  leave out lines 32 to 34 and insert—

 

“(2B)    

The voting paper must state the trade dispute to which the proposed industrial

 

action relates.”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

15

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  line  32,  leave out “reasonably detailed indication of the matter or

 

matters in issue in the” and insert “description of the”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

16

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  leave out lines 35 to 38

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

17

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  leave out lines 39 to 41 and insert―

 

“(2D)    

The voting paper must state whether the industrial action is intended to be

 

continuous or discontinuous.”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

18

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  leave out lines 39 to 41 and insert―

 

“(2D)    

The voting paper must state whether the industrial action is intended to be

 

continuous, and if so the intended date for any of the affected employees to begin

 

to take part in the action or, if discontinuous, the intended dates during which any

 

of the affected employees are to take part in the action.”


 
 

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Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

19

 

Clause  4,  page  2,  leave out lines 39 to 41

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

20

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  6,  leave out from “individuals” to the end of the paragraph

 

and insert “who according to the trade union’s reasonable belief were employed by the

 

employer in a trade dispute, and whom the union reasonably believed would be induced

 

to take part in the industrial action”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would be consequential to Amendments 1 and 2.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

23

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  leave out lines 15 to 21

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

21

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  16,  leave out from “individuals” to the end of the paragraph

 

and insert “who according to the trade union’s reasonable belief were employed by the

 

employer in a trade dispute, and whom the union reasonably believed would be induced

 

to take part in the industrial action”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would be consequential to Amendments 1 and 2.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

22

 

Clause  5,  page  3,  line  20,  leave out from “who” to the end of the paragraph and

 

insert “were sent a ballot paper in accordance with section 230(2) of the 1992 Act”

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

24

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  14,  leave out “four months” and insert “twelve months”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would extend the period before any new ballot would be required, and reduce the


 
 

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

risk of incompatibility of the provisions with Article 11 of the European Convention on Human

 

Rights – an issue addressed by the Government in its memorandum on the Bill.

 

Mrs Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

75

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  16,  after “Subsection 1” insert “and section 233(1) (a) of the

 

1992 Act, as amended by this Act”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would ensure that any re-ballot or renewal of mandate, or the first ballot, is not

 

prejudiced in any way by any unofficial action that may have taken place.

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

26

 

Clause  9,  page  4,  line  37,  leave out “or encourages its members to take part in,”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

27

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  2,  leave out from “union” to the end of line 3

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

28

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  5,  leave out “police” and insert “Chief Constable”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would ensure there is a single, senior contact within the police force for

 

communicating information about picketing.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

29

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  7,  leave out paragraph (b)

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

30

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  11,  leave out subsection (6)

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

31

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  14,  leave out subsection (7) and insert—


 
 

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

“(7)    

A picket supervisor must take reasonable steps to be contactable by the union and

 

the police, and be able to attend in person given reasonable notice.”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

32

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  14,  leave out subsection (7)

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

33

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  18,  leave out subsection (8)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would remove the requirement for the picket supervisor to wear identification.

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

34

 

Clause  10,  page  5,  line  39,  leave out “has expired under subsection (2) or”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

35

 

Clause  10,  page  5,  line  43,  leave out from “expires” to the end of line 5 on page 6

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would define an opt-in notice as expired if on its expiry date it had not been

 

renewed.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

36

 

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  8,  leave out “five years” and insert “ten years”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would make the first renewal date for a union‘s political fund established before

 

the Bill comes into force 10 years and three months rather than five years and three months.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

37

 

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  10,  leave out “five years” and insert “ten years”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would make the first renewal date for a union‘s political fund established after the

 

Bill comes into force 10 years and three months rather than five years and three months after the

 

ballot.


 
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