Trade Union Bill

AmendmentS
to be moved
in committee

Clause 3

LORD WALLACE OF SALTAIRE

 

Page 2, line 3, leave out “the majority voting” and insert “at least 35% of those
voting”

LORD LEIGH OF HURLEY

 

Page 2, line 6, leave out “important”

 

Page 2, line 7, leave out “important”

LORD WALLACE OF SALTAIRE

 

Page 2, line 9, leave out “40%” and insert “25%”

LORD LEIGH OF HURLEY

 

Page 2, line 11, leave out “important”

 

Page 2, line 13, leave out “only” and insert “any”

 

Page 2, line 13, leave out from “services” to end of line 21 and insert “the running
of which affects the public.”

Clause 4

LORD MENDELSOHN

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

 

Page 2, line 41, at end insert—

“(2E)    Subsections (2B) to (2D) do not apply to any ballot where there is an
agreement between the employer and trade union on what
information the union shall include on the ballot paper.”

 

Page 2, line 41, at end insert—

“(2E)    The voting paper shall be submitted to the independent scrutineer
who shall evaluate the wording of the paper.

(2F)    Once the independent scrutineer has approved the wording of the
voting paper it may not be challenged by the employer.”

Clause 5

LORD MENDELSOHN

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

 

Page 3, line 21, at end insert—

“( )     The union shall take such steps as are reasonably necessary to
ensure that all persons entitled to vote in the ballot are reasonably
informed of the result of the ballot.”

Clause 6

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

LORD MENDELSOHN

 

The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 6
stand part of the Bill.

Clause 7

LORD MENDELSOHN

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

 

Page 4, line 4, at end insert—

“( )     Where the trade union indicates the period or periods within which the
industrial action is expected to take place under section 4 of this Act, this
shall be taken as giving notice for the purposes of this section.”

Clause 8

LORD MENDELSOHN

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

 

Page 4, line 15, leave out “date of the ballot” and insert “last day of voting in the
ballot”

 

Page 4, line 15, at end insert—

“( )     The period mentioned in subsection (1) may be renewed every
three months where the employer and union have a mutual
agreement to that effect.”

 

Page 4, line 19, at end insert—

“( )     Subsection (1) and paragraphs 12 and 13 of Schedule 4 do not apply
to any industrial action where the employer and union come to an
agreement on the period after which the ballot shall cease to be
effective.”

 

Page 4, line 19, at end insert—

“( )     Where a trade union indicates that the period or periods within
which the industrial action is expected to take place is longer than
four months, in accordance with the provisions of section 229 of this
Act (voting paper), subsection (1) of this section and paragraphs 12
and 13 of Schedule 4 to the Trade Union Act 2016 do not apply.”

Clause 9

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

 

Page 5, leave out lines 4 to 8

 

Page 5, leave out lines 11 to 13 and insert—

“(6)     The picket supervisor’s name is not required to be stated in the
letter of authorisation under subsection (5).

(6B)    Entitlement to see the letter of authorisation under subsection (5)
lies only with the relevant employer or agent.”

Clause 10

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

LORD MENDELSOHN

 

Page 6, line 1, leave out “in writing”

 

Page 6, line 4, leave out “has expired under subsection (2) or”

 

Page 6, line 6, at end insert—

“(1A)    Subsection (1) only extends to new applicants for membership of
the relevant union.”

 

Page 6, leave out lines 7 to 13

 

Page 6, line 16, leave out “five” and insert “ten”

 

Page 6, line 18, leave out “five” and insert “ten”

 

Page 6, line 21, leave out “five” and insert “ten”

 

Page 6, line 31, at end insert “or by paper or electronic means”

LORD CAMPBELL-SAVOURS

 

Page 6, line 44, at end insert—

“(1A)    A trade union must make available to a member who has given an
opt-in notice under section 84 (contributions to political fund from
members of the union) a form enabling that member to claim tax
relief on their contribution to the union’s political fund.

(1B)    Any member who fills out and returns a form under subsection
(1A) to a trade union shall be granted tax relief on his or her
contribution to the union’s political fund.”

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

LORD MENDELSOHN

 

Page 7, line 11, leave out “three months” and insert “five years”

 

The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 10
stand part of the Bill.

After Clause 10

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

LORD MENDELSOHN

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Objects to which restrictions do not apply

(1)     In section 72A of the 1992 Act (application of funds in breach of section 71),
at the beginning of subsection (1) insert “Subject to subsection (1A),”.

(2)     In section 72A of the 1992 Act, after subsection (1) insert—

“(1A)    Expenditure of money on the following shall not be treated as
spending on political objects—

(a)   encouraging electoral registration, including campaigns
aimed at increasing voter turnout amongst sectors and
groups within the population;

(b)   encouraging the electorate to vote in national and local
elections, including campaigns aimed at increasing voter
turnout amongst sectors and groups within the population;
and

(c)   encouraging the electorate not to vote for a political party or
candidate.”

(3)     In section 83 of the 1992 Act (assets and liabilities of political fund), after
subsection (3) insert—

“(4)     Expenditure in respect of the items provided for by subsection
72(1A) may be discharged out of a union fund other than the
political fund.””

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Objects to which restrictions do not apply (No. 2)

(1)     In section 72A of the 1992 Act (application of funds in breach of section 71),
at the beginning of subsection (1) insert “Subject to subsection (1A),”.

(2)     In section 72A of the 1992 Act, after subsection (1) insert—

“(1A)    Expenditure of money on referendum campaigns shall not be
treated as spending on political objects.””

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Objects to which restrictions do not apply (No. 3)

(1)     In section 72A of the 1992 Act (application of funds in breach of section 71),
at the beginning of subsection (1) insert “Subject to subsection (1A),”.

(2)     In section 72A of the 1992 Act, after subsection (1) insert—

“(1A)    Expenditure of money on the following shall not be treated as
spending on political objects—

(a)   expenditure on anti-racism, anti-Semitism or any other
related anti-discrimination campaigns; and

(b)   expenditure on justice campaigns.””

Clause 11

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

LORD MENDELSOHN

 

Page 7, line 25, leave out “£2,000” and insert “£50,000”

 

Page 7, leave out lines 27 to 33 and insert “shall report the overall amount of
expenditure in a year to any one organisation.”

 

Page 7, leave out lines 34 to 36

Clause 14

BARONESS WHEELER

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

 

Leave out Clause 14 and insert the following new Clause—

“Deduction of union subscriptions from wages in public sector

(1)     The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service shall publish a Code of
Practice for the purposes of public sector employers making trade union
subscription deductions from wages payable to workers to promote the
need for openness and transparency.

(2)     The Code of Practice shall include but shall not be limited to including—

(a)   provision that all payroll deduction schemes shall give members
the option to pay their subscriptions by other means;

(b)   reporting on the costs to employers of administering trade union
subscriptions at the end of each financial year, including the
percentage this represents of the employer’s total outgoing
administrative and human resources costs;

(c)   guidance on the principles and operation of payroll deductions
schemes and the administrative costs that should be charged to
trade unions where payroll deduction schemes have been agreed.”

 

The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 14
stand part of the Bill.

Clause 22

LORD COLLINS OF HIGHBURY

LORD MENDELSOHN

 

Page 16, line 21, after “passed),” insert “and section 10,”

 

Page 16, line 22, at end insert—

“( )     Section 10 comes into force five years after the passing of this Act.”

 

Prepared 4th February 2016