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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 22 October 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Amendments tabled since the last publication: Amendment (a) to NC11 and NC12

 

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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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].

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

75

 

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.

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

82

 

Clause  8,  page  4,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(3)    

This section shall not apply to disputes in Scotland.”

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2015                  

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

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,”

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

104

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  leave out lines 1 to 13 and insert—

 

“(3)    

A picket supervisor is required to show a constable a letter of authorization only if

 

(a)    

the constable provides documentary evidence that he or she is a

 

constable;

 

(b)    

the constable provides his or her name, and the name of the police station

 

to which he or she is attached; and

 

(c)    

the constable explains the reasons for the request to see the letter of

 

authorization.

 

(4)    

If a picket supervisor complies with a constable’s request to produce a letter of

 

authorization, the police officer shall provide the picket supervisor with a written

 

record of the request, the reasons for it, and an acknowledgment that the request

 

was complied with.

 

(5)    

If a picket supervisor fails to comply with a constable’s request to produce a letter

 

of authorization, the police officer shall provide the picket supervisor with a

 

written record of the request, the reasons for it, and an acknowledgment that the

 

request was not complied with.

 

(6)    

Information about the identity of a picket supervisor and any information relating

 

to the production of a letter of authorization shall be retained by the police only

 

for the purposes of giving evidence in legal proceedings directly related to the

 

picketing to which it is connected.

 

(7)    

For the avoidance of doubt neither a member of the public nor an employer shall

 

be entitled to request a picket supervisor to produce a letter of authorization.”

 

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)


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2015                  

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

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—

 

“(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.

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

105

 

Clause  9,  page  5,  line  29,  at end insert—

 

“(11)    

This section shall not apply to Scotland.”

 


 

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 “unless” to the end of line 5 on page 6

 

and insert “it has been renewed”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

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

 

renewed.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2015                  

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

Nick Boles

 

91

 

Clause  10,  page  6,  leave out lines 6 to 12 and insert—

 

“(3)    

The first renewal date—

 

(a)    

for a trade union in relation to which a political resolution is in force on

 

the commencement date, is the date falling five years and three months

 

after that date;

 

(b)    

for any other trade union, is the date falling five years and three months

 

after the first date following the commencement date on which the union

 

passes a political resolution.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is intended to improve the drafting as regards the “first renewal date”, and in

 

particular to make it fit better with section 93(2) of the Trade Union and Labour Relations

 

(Consolidation) Act 1992 (amalgamations) where that section applies.

 

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.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

38

 

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  13,  leave out “five years” and insert “ten years”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would make all renewal dates for unions’ political funds after the first renewal

 

date 10 years rather than five years.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

39

 

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  23,  at end insert “or by electronic means”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would allow opt-in, renewal and withdrawal notices to be given via electronic

 

communications.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2015                  

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

Nick Boles

 

92

 

Clause  10,  page  6,  line  44,  leave out “Subsection (4) applies” and insert

 

“Subsections (4) and (5) apply”.

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This is a drafting amendment linked to amendment 93.

 

Nick Boles

 

93

 

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  3,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

“(4)    

During the period of three months beginning with the commencement date (“the

 

transitional period”), the member is treated as a contributor to the fund for the

 

purposes of the 1992 Act (as amended by this Act).

 

    

This is subject to subsection (5).

 

(5)    

If during the first two months of the transitional period the member gives an

 

exemption notice as mentioned in section 84(1) of the 1992 Act, as it had effect

 

immediately before the commencement date, subsection (4) ceases to apply to the

 

member at the end of the period of one month beginning with the day on which

 

the notice is given.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The existing transitional provision, in subsection (4) of clause 10, treats union members who on

 

the commencement date had not opted out of contributing as having opted in under the new

 

provisions, for a period of three months. The amendment enables such people to opt out of

 

contributing during this period.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

41

 

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  3,  leave out subsection (4)

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would remove the transitional provision which prevents unions three months after

 

commencement of the provisions from collecting monies from members for political funds unless

 

they have made a choice to contribute.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

40

 

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  3,  leave out “three months” and insert “ten years”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would extend the transitional provision from three months to 10 years after which

 

unions would be unable to collect monies from members for the political fund unless they had made

 

a choice to contribute.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

42

 

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

None of the provisions of sections 84 and 85 shall apply to public sector

 

employees in sectors or providing services which are wholly or partially devolved

 

to the Scottish Government, Welsh Government or Northern Ireland Executive.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would ensure that the provisions on contributions to political funds would not


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2015                  

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

apply to employees in public services providing services which are devolved to the Scottish

 

Government, the Welsh Government, the Northern Ireland Executive.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

72

 

Clause  10,  page  7,  line  10,  at end insert—

 

“(6)    

None of the provisions of this section shall apply to employees of the Mayor of

 

London or local authorities in England.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would ensure that the provisions on contributions to political funds would not

 

apply to employees in public services providing services which are devolved to the Mayor of

 

London or local authorities in England.

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

83

 

Page  5,  line  31,  leave out Clause 10.

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

44

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  16,  leave out “£2,000” and insert “£100,000”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would raise the threshold for providing details of items of political expenditure in

 

a union‘s annual return to the Certification Officer from £2,000 to £100,000.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

45

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  leave out lines 18 to 24 and insert “shall report the overall amount

 

of expenditure in a year to any one organisation.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require a union‘s annual return on political expenditure to the Certification

 

Officer to report the overall amount of expenditure.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

98

 

Clause  11,  page  7,  line  25,  leave out sub-paragraph (3)

 



 
 

Public Bill Committee: 22 October 2015                  

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Trade Union Bill, continued

 
 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

106

 

Clause  12,  page  8,  line  12,  leave out “how many” and insert “the percentage”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

46

 

Clause  12,  page  8,  line  13,  leave out from first “officials” to the end of line 24 and

 

insert “; and

 

(b)    

the total amount spent by an employer in a specified period on paying

 

relevant union officials for facility time.”

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

107

 

Clause  12,  page  8,  line  14,  leave out “total amount” and insert “percentage”

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

108

 

Clause  12,  page  8,  line  24,  at end insert “and whether these are met in part or in full

 

by a contribution from a trade union”

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

74

 

Clause  12,  page  8,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(f)    

a reasonable estimate of the cost savings to the employer of the

 

arrangements relating to facility time in the relevant specified period; and

 

(g)    

a statement agreed by the employers and the relevant unions of the value

 

of the arrangements relating to facility time.”

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

109

 

Clause  12,  page  8,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

“(f)    

the percentage of relevant union officials whose facility time is met by a

 

contribution from a trade union in whole or in part”

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

110

 

Clause  12,  page  8,  line  37,  leave out paragraphs (b) and (c)


 
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