The government announced that trade union workers will no longer be able to have their subscriptions deducted from their pay cheques, with the government saying it is an “outdated practice”.
However, Director for Membership at the RCM, Suzanne Tyler, has criticised the new measures and calling it an attack on trade unions.
“This is the latest in a series of vindictive attacks on trade unions by the government, who seem to be doing all they can to make trade union membership difficult.
“They are ignoring the hugely positive work trades unions do, not just in representing individuals who suffer unjust employment practises but more particularly in working with responsible employers to improve productivity, health and safety and learning in the workplace.”
The new plans have been announced after the government published new terms that should be met if a union wants to strike.
If a union wants to strike, at least 40% of its members have to agree to it through a strike ballot.
The new membership subscriptions plans should not affect RCM members, because subscriptions are purchased through direct debit.
Suzanne Tyler added: “These new proposals will have no direct impact on the RCM because our members already pay their subscriptions directly through direct debits. If the government are hoping this new measure will deter people from joining trade unions they are wrong.”
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