Thompsons Solicitors will show solidarity with trade union members at a protest in Cardiff against the proposed Trade Union Bill
Heavyweight trade union firm Thompsons Solicitors will be showing their solidarity with union members across Wales, joining a demonstration at the Senedd against the proposed Trade Union Bill at 1.30pm on Wednesday 14 October 2015.
The protest follows yesterday’s (13 October) Trade Union Public Bill Committee hearing in the House of Commons.
Stephen Cavalier, chief executive of Thompsons Solicitors gave evidence to the committee, describing the bill as ‘an unwarranted ideological attack on internationally recognised rights in this country.’
Speaking on behalf of Thompsons, the largest trade union solicitors in the UK, employment law specialist Mr. Cavalier called the proposed Bill “unlawful, unwarranted and unworkable”, and exposed fundamental flaws in its legitimacy and legality.
Solicitors from Thompsons will join trade union groups affiliated to the Wales TUC Cymru on the steps of the National Assembly building to show their opposition to the Bill.
Mick Antoniw AM is also presenting a motion to the Welsh Assembly which will seek the Assembly’s agreement to officially oppose the Bill.
Clayton Williams, solicitor at Thompsons’ Cardiff branch said: “We stand shoulder to shoulder with trade unions across Wales in opposition to the Bill. The Bill is all about giving power to employers and would shackle workers’ fundamental right to act collectively and strike as a last resort. The Bill is vindictive and unnecessary and would make our trade union laws harsher than those in almost every other country in Europe.”
“We will work with Assembly members to oppose this Bill and protect the rights of Welsh workers and trade unions members across the UK.”