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Trade Unions (Postal Ballots)

Volume 130: debated on Tuesday 29 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what representations he has received concerning the proposals, embodied in the Employment Bill, to compel trade unions to hold the elections of their principal executive officers by secret postal ballot: and if he will make a statement.

In addition to comments on the proposal contained in chapter 5 of the Green Paper "Trade Unions and Their Members", my Department continues to receive letters and requests for meetings about the Employment Bill provision to require fully postal voting for the election of all general secretaries, presidents and members of union principal executive committees.