David Cameron is showing much more courage in dealing with ratbag unions than John Key does.
Up to 3.8 million public sector workers will lose the right to have their trade union subscriptions automatically deducted from their pay cheques after the government announced plans to end the “outdated practice”.
In a move that will be condemned by trade union leaders as another assault on their rights, the government confirmed that the forthcoming trade union bill will force public sector workers to make their own arrangements to pay union subscriptions.
Matt Hancock, the cabinet office minister, heralded the end to “check-off”deductions as a key step in modernising the relationship with trade unions and saving on administrative fees.
But union leaders will say that the change is another example of the government’s hostile approach to their movement after the publication of the trade union bill earlier this month, which included plans to criminalise picketing and to raise the threshold in a strike ballot by requiring that at least 40% of those asked to vote support the strike in key public services. Read more »