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September 25, 2007 11:59 ET

Unite calls for government to lift trade union shackles

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2007) - Derek Simpson, Joint General Secretary of Unite, today called for the end to the restrictions that limit the ability of trade unions to act on behalf of working people.

Speaking today at the Labour party conference he said that if governments cannot protect workers from exploitation by global companies trade unions would but, to be effective, they needed to changes legislation.

The joint head of the UK's largest trade union called for an end to restrictions on secondary action following the Gate Gourmet dispute and to the time consuming and expensive balloting procedures trade unions are required to comply with by law.

Derek Simpson, Joint General Secretary of Unite, said:
"Higher profits for employers and lower wages for workers, the increasing gap between rich and poor and the attacks on labour standards show that the that governments and supranational bodies are not protect workers against global capital.

"If the restrictions are lifted that prevent trade unions across the world acting and working together we will step in to provide the protection that workers across the world desperately need but we need to be allowed to do it.

"It's the labour movement that gave life to the Labour Party, now we need the Labour government to facilitate the rebirth of the trade union movement worldwide."

Unite has already signed working agreements with several European and US trade unions.

Unite moved two composite motions today at the Labour party conference, one on manufacturing and globalisation and the other on the need for legislation to ensure the equal and fair treatment of temporary and agency workers.

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  • Unite Press Office
    Catherine Bithell
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