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Trade Union Representation

Volume 979: debated on Tuesday 19 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment whether he is satisfied that the provisions of the Employment Bill will enable an individual to attend or not attend his place of work of his own free will without interference or threat by organised trades unions, and with no risk to his future employment.

No legislation can itself guarantee that there will be no interference with or threat to individuals.But by the provisions for picketing, and for a new and enforceable right not to be unreasonably excluded or expelled from a union in a closed shop, in particular, the Bill substantially strengthens protection for the freedom of an individual to work.