If I was to tell you that today, a former employee of an industry that in 2009 received a bailout from the taxpayer amounting to over £1 TRILLION (and that still owes over £450 BILLION) was to move a motion attacking volunteer workplace union reps and demanding that unions should be forced to repay employers for the time they have negotiated that allows workplace reps to represent employees and negotiate with employers, you would think I’d taken leave of my senses.
But that’s exactly what is going to happen today when Jesse Norman MP, a former Barclays Investment banker stands up and moves a 10 Minute Rule Bill in the House of Commons.
As he moves the motion Mr Norman will no doubt quote the dodgy figures provided for him by the so-called Taxpayers Alliance. If he’s consistent in pushing the spurious narrative of the Trade Union Reform Campaign, he’ll make no mention of the benefits that result from the work undertaken by workplace reps.
Next week, the TUC will publish the results of research that will prove that paid time off for union reps is an investment not a cost and will set out the significant benefits that accrue to employers and society. The research will also explain just why the figures used by Mr Norman and the TPA shouldn’t be taken seriously. We’ll also be highlifghting via a series of case studies the work that reps do, not just in representing employees but working with employers.
For the time being, we can only watch on in amazement at Mr Norman’s outrageous chutzpah!