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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 27 October 2015

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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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includes any withdrawn amendments at the end.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

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

101

 

Clause  13,  page  9,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

“(c)    

Save that no such regulation shall have the effect of altering, in respect of any of

 

the matters to which the reserve powers may be directed, any provision of a

 

contract of employment or a collective agreement or of limiting an employer’s

 

discretion as to the contents of contracts of employment or collective agreements

 

to which the employer is a party”.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

102

 

Clause  13,  page  9,  line  45,  leave out paragraph (b)

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

85

 

Clause  13,  page  10,  line  44,  at end insert—

 

“(14)    

For the avoidance of doubt, the powers in this section shall only apply with the

 

consent of the Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Northern Ireland


 
 

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Executive, the Mayor of London and Local Authorities in England in their areas

 

of responsibility.”

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

53

 

Clause  14,  page  11,  line  7,  leave out subsection (2)

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

54

 

Clause  14,  page  11,  line  9,  leave out subsection (3)

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

55

 

Clause  14,  page  11,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

For the purposes of this section and the Schedules to which it gives effect

 

complainant and applicant must be—

 

(a)    

a member of the union which is the subject of the complaint or

 

application.”

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

86

 

Clause  14,  page  11,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

This section and the Schedules it inserts shall not apply in Scotland.”

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

66

 

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  7,  leave out “or any other person”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would restrict the power to require the production of documents to the

 

Certification Officer and his or her staff.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

67

 

Schedule  1,  page  17,  line  47,  after “obligation,”, insert “where a complaint has

 

been received from a member of the relevant trade union, and where there the

 

Certification Officer reasonably believes there is evidence that indicates a breach of a


 
 

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relevant obligation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require a complaint to be made by a union member and for the Certification

 

Officer to reasonably believe there was evidence of a breach of an obligation before the

 

Certification Officer initiated an investigation.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

68

 

Schedule  1,  page  18,  line  1,  leave out “or other persons”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require a person investigating a breach of an obligation by a union to be a

 

member of staff of the Certification Officer.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

69

 

Schedule  1,  page  18,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

“(b)    

to take representations from the trade union or unions who are the subject of such

 

an investigation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require a person investigating a breach of an obligation by a union to take

 

representations from the union concerned.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

70

 

Schedule  1,  page  19,  line  4,  after “Certification Officer”, insert “and the trade

 

union or unions who are the subject of such an investigation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the interim report of the person investigating a breach of an

 

obligation by a union to be sent to the union concerned.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

71

 

Schedule  1,  page  19,  line  7,  after “Officer”, insert “and the trade union or unions

 

who are the subject of such an investigation”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would require the final report of the person investigating a breach of an obligation

 

by a union to be sent to the union concerned.

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

56

 

Clause  15,  page  11,  line  16,  after “32ZB”, insert “and where a valid complaint has


 
 

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been made by a member of the trade union or unions relevant”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would provide that only after a valid complaint from a union member can the

 

Certification Officer make a declaration that he is satisfied that a union has failed to comply with

 

the requirements for the annual return in respect of industrial action or political expenditure.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

57

 

Clause  15,  page  12,  leave out lines 16 to 19

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would prevent a union member who was not party to a complaint giving rise to an

 

enforcement order implementing the order.

 

Nick Boles

 

94

 

Clause  15,  page  12,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“( )    

In section 45D of that Act (appeals from Certification Officer), after “31” insert

 

“, 32ZC”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment adds a reference to the new section 32ZC (inserted by clause 15) in section 45D

 

of the 1992 Act. The effect is that decisions made by the Certification Officer in relation to the

 

enforcement of the new annual return requirements provided for by clause 15 are subject to a right

 

of appeal.

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

87

 

Clause  15,  page  12,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

“(4)    

This section shall not apply in Scotland.”

 


 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

58

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  3,  leave out “the applicant or a person mentioned in

 

subsection (5B)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would limit enforcement powers to the Certification Officer.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

59

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  6,  leave out “or the applicant”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would limit enforcement powers to the Certification Officer.


 
 

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Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

60

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  9,  leave out “the applicant or a person mentioned in

 

subsection (6)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would limit enforcement powers to the Certification Officer.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

61

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  12,  leave out “the applicant or a person mentioned in

 

subsection (5C)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would limit enforcement powers to the Certification Officer.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

62

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  15,  leave out “the applicant or a person mentioned in

 

subsection (8)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would limit enforcement powers to the Certification Officer.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

63

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  18,  leave out “the applicant or a person mentioned in

 

subsection (5C)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would limit enforcement powers to the Certification Officer.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

64

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  21,  leave out “the complainant or a person mentioned in

 

subsection (4A)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would limit enforcement powers to the Certification Officer.

 

Ms Angela Eagle [R]

 

Stephen Doughty [R]

 

Ian Murray [R]

 

65

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  25,  leave out “the applicant or a person mentioned in

 

subsection (7)”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

The amendment would limit enforcement powers to the Certification Officer.


 
 

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Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

88

 

Clause  16,  page  13,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

“(5)    

This section and the Schedule it inserts shall not apply in Scotland.”

 


 

Nick Boles

 

95

 

Clause  17,  page  14,  line  1,  leave out “(b) payments made by ACAS under section

 

254(6),”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

Section 254(6) of the 1992 Act is spent: it depends on section 115 of that Act, which has been

 

repealed. The reference to section 254(6) in the new section inserted by clause 17(1) was included

 

in error, and this amendment removes it. Amendment 97 repeals section 254(6) itself and the

 

reference to it in section 254(5A).

 

Chris Stephens [R]

 

Dr Lisa Cameron [R]

 

89

 

Clause  17,  page  14,  line  43,  at end insert—

 

“(11)    

Trade union members resident in Scotland shall not be required through their

 

union to contribute to a levy imposed by this section.”

 


 

Nick Boles

 

96

 

Schedule  4,  page  29,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

“          

In section 93 of the 1992 Act (effect of amalgamation), after subsection (2)

 

insert—

 

“(2A)    

Where—

 

(a)    

subsection (1) applies, and

 

(b)    

at the time of the amalgamation there has already been a

 

renewal date under section 84 for one or more of the

 

amalgamating unions,

 

    

the first renewal date under that section for the amalgamated union is

 

the earliest date after that time which would (but for the

 

amalgamation) have been the first renewal date for any of the

 

amalgamating unions.””

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment deals with the effect of an amalgamation of unions on the new opt-in rules. It fixes

 

the “first renewal date” for the amalgamated union where at least one of the amalgamating unions

 

has already had a renewal date at the time of the amalgamation.

 

Nick Boles

 

97

 

Schedule  4,  page  29,  line  39,  at end insert—

 

    “(1)  

Section 254 of the 1992 Act (certification officer) is amended as follows.


 
 

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      (2)  

In subsection (5A) omit “Subject to subsection (6),”.

 

      (3)  

Omit subsection (6).”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

See the explanatory statement for amendment 95.

 

Nick Boles

 

111

 

Schedule  4,  page  30,  line  29,  leave out from “subsection (6)” to end of line 30 and

 

insert—

 

“(a)    

omit “24C,”;

 

(b)    

at the end insert “and after “45C” insert “or paragraph 5 of Schedule

 

A3”.”

 

Member’s explanatory statement

 

This amendment is to correct a drafting error.

 


 

NEW CLAUSES

 

Nick Boles

 

NC11

 

To move the following Clause—

 

         

“Prohibition on deduction of union subscriptions from wages in public sector

 

(1)    

After section 116A of the 1992 Act insert—

 

“Deduction of trade union subscriptions from wages

 

116B  

Prohibition on deduction of union subscriptions from wages in public

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sector

 

(1)    

No relevant public sector employer may make trade union subscription

 

deductions from wages payable to workers.

 

(2)    

An employer is a relevant public sector employer if the employer is a

 

public authority specified, or of a description specified, in regulations

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made by a Minister of the Crown.

 

(3)    

A Minister of the Crown may by regulations provide, in relation to a body

 

or other person that is not a public authority but has functions of a public

 

nature and is funded wholly or partly from public funds, that the body or

 

other person is to be treated as a public authority for the purposes of this

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section.

 

(4)    

Regulations under this section may make provision specifying the person

 

or other entity that is to be treated for the purposes of this section as the

 

employer of a person who is employed by the Crown.

 

(5)    

The regulations may—

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(a)    

deem a category of persons holding an office or employment

 

under the Crown (or two or more such categories taken together)

 

to be an entity for the purposes of provision made under

 

subsection (4);


 
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