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Tory attack on workers' rights continues apace

Our Party was set up by Trade Unionists and Socialists 115 years ago, and despite many advances in that time we are both facing a sustained attack from the "political wing of the Hedge Funds" aka The Conservative Party.

If the Trade Union Bill passes, the right to strike will be under threat. And that’ll mean worse pay and conditions for everyone, and workers unable to raise concerns about service cuts and safety. This is not just an attack on the Trade Unions - the Bill will heavily curtail funding provided to our Party by affiliated Unions.

Together with the TUC, we have put together a brief guide for you to download which details the worst excesses of this terrible Trade Union Bill - please use this to educate your co-workers, family and friends.

There are also some simple steps you can take to help defeat the bill:

Write to your MP

With such a small majority in the House of Commons, the government will have a battle to get all their proposals through. Lobbying your MP to make sure they vote in favour of workers’ rights is one small action that could make a huge difference, especially if you have a Conservative MP (please show this page to friends and family who do have Conservative MPs).

You can find out who your local MP is from www.theyworkforyou.com and send them an email. Alternatively, you can write to them at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.

There is a model letter you can adapt by clicking here.

Contact local media

Local media are always looking out for local stories to cover. The more people get in touch and raise the issue, the bigger profile workers’ rights will get and the greater the case against the bill. There is a model letter you can adapt for local newspapers by clicking here.

You can also call your local radio station, tweet your local newspaper or news websites (include the hashtag #tubill). Use this briefing or the model letters as prompts if faced with tricky questions on air.

Petition your MP

Organising a petition is easy – follow the simple steps detailed here and use this model petition.

The more people who add their name in support of the right to strike, the more pressure builds on your MP to vote against the Bill. It’s also a great way to go about organising a meeting about the bill with your local MP.

Once you’ve done the petition, send it to your local MP. And don’t forget to send an email to the TUC tell them how many signatures you got.

An important note on data protection: personal data provided by people signing must not be shared with anyone other than the MP’s office and must not be used for any other purpose. As a petition organiser, you are accountable for any data breach and it is your responsibility to ensure that all volunteers adhere to the Data Protection Act in the same way.

When’s the deadline?

From now, until the final vote, this will probably be in early-to-mid November. The Bill is currently at committee stage.

More information on the ongoing campaign can be found at www.tuc.org.uk/tubillresources

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