TUC fears Government “taking a swipe” at safety reps

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has expressed concern that the Government’s Trade Union Bill, currently going through Parliament, will “dramatically curtail the time available to union safety reps to perform their functions and get trained”.

Hugh Robertson, the TUC head of safety, said: “The Bill says that any public sector employer who has at least one union health and safety representative, will have to record and publish all the time taken and any facilities provided. This is bureaucratic, pointless and will just mean that both employers and union representatives will have to spend a lot of time on paperwork. However, even more dangerous, is the proposal to allow ministers to restrict the rights to time off given to union health and safety representatives by amending the Health and Safety at Work Act.”

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