A growing number of unions are being banned in the United Kingdom as the Government attempts to crackdown on the growing influence of trade union politics on the economy.
As a result of the new anti-union legislation, which came into force on July 1, 2018, unions have been banned from registering with the electoral register, and trade union organisations and candidates have been barred from running for election in the local and general elections, even if they are affiliated to a union.
As the government seeks to clamp down on unions, the trade union movement has responded by organising protests across the country, in an attempt to put pressure on the government.
Labour MP Peter Bone, who has been campaigning to make it easier for workers to join unions, said that “the trade union lobby” had been trying to get the new laws passed for years, but that “this time the pressure is very high”.
“The government has gone into the election campaign saying that we are going to be an election-winning party, and that’s just a lie.
This is all to scare people away from voting Labour, to make sure they stay home in 2019,” Bone told the BBC.
Bone said that there was a “big push” from Labour MPs to make Labour look weak in the face of the growing threat from the trade unions.
“It’s just ridiculous that they have tried to make us look weak when we have had the biggest surge in membership since the Second World War.
I mean, they’ve gone into a campaign saying we’re going to have a record-breaking membership, we’re a successful trade union organisation, we’ve won the biggest election in history.
And then they’ve got us on the back foot.”
The government is targeting the trade and industrial unions in a campaign to stop them from having a voice in the political process.
It has introduced legislation that would make it illegal to trade unionise or be linked to a trade union.
However, the law has not been introduced into law yet, and Labour MPs are refusing to back the government’s proposals.
In a letter to Labour’s local government spokesman, Jeremy Jones, Bone said: “The government’s proposal to ban trade unionists from running in local and regional elections has nothing to do with the Labour Party.
Labour are currently the only major party which has a trade and professional union membership.”
He added: “I know Labour are trying to keep the focus on trade unionism and we have to keep Labour members, Labour members’ members, involved in the politics of the party.
I hope that the trade Unionists will continue to be involved in Labour’s politics and we will be able to keep them involved in our society.”
Labour has pledged to make trade union activism a “top priority” if it wins the next general election.
However, in a statement, Labour’s general election campaign chief, Tom Watson, said: The Government’s ban on trade unions is an attack on the Labour movement and is a threat to Labour voters’ rights and freedoms.
The Labour Party is the only mainstream political party in the country which currently has a majority in the House of Commons.
Its membership is increasing every day.
Our membership has risen by 10,000 in the past three years.
This has led to the establishment of a large network of trade unions across the UK.
While the trade Unions have been lobbying for Labour to change their membership policy, Labour MPs and activists have also spoken out against the ban.
Tom Watson said that the ban on unionism “is an attack and a threat on Labour voters”.
He said: It is not an effective way of dealing with the threat of unionism.
We will make trade unions the centrepiece of Labour’s election campaign.
Our campaign will not be about trade unionisation or unions, but Labour’s record on the environment and tackling climate change.
He also claimed that Labour’s ban “doesn’t represent a change in policy”.
Labour’s election spokesman said: I think there are a lot of people in Labour who would agree with this statement.
What is the government trying to achieve?
The new anti trade union legislation would force unions to give up their right to organise.
Under the existing Labour Party policy, unions can only register as a trade or professional organisation if they have “specialised services”.
If unions were to be forced to register as trade or professionals, they would be required to provide a list of these services and how they operate, along with the number of employees in each department.
They would also be required, in addition to this list, to provide information on the activities of their trade union branch and their members’ dues.
A union could also be barred from participating in the general election, if it was found to be linked with a union, by an inspector general appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills