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Closed Shop

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 21 December 1989

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To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has received any further representations about the closed shop; and if he will make a statement.

In addition to comments on the proposals contained in chapter 2 of the Green Paper "Removing Barriers to Employment", my Department continues to receive letters which describe difficulties experienced as a result of the operation of closed shop arrangements. The Government's new Employment Bill will make it unlawful to refuse anyone employment because they are not a union member which, together with the protections provided in the 1988 Employment Act, will make all forms of the closed shop unenforceable.