The leader of South Gloucestershire’s Labour councillors is welcoming a government U-turn on trade union subscription rules. Back in November, Councillor Pat Rooney called on the Conservative Government to drop its proposal to ban the process of ‘check off’ for Council workers who are trade union members, where their subscriptions are deducted direct from their salaries. Councillor Rooney described the move at that time as “petty and spiteful”.
Now the Government has given in to the nation-wide pressure against its plan, with the Minister yesterday signalling the removal of this provision from the Trade Union Bill currently going through the House of Lords.
Council Managers are happy for the practice to continue, confirming to councillors that the cost for administering this service is recovered from the trade unions, and that it is not subsidised by Council Tax payers.
Councillor Pat Rooney says:
“I am pleased that the Government has succumbed to the pressure and performed this U-turn over its threat to the ‘check off’ union payment option. ‘Check off’ does not cost our Council Tax payers a penny in costs, and banning it would have been a petty and spiteful act which would have made life difficult for trade unions and their members.”