“We welcome the First Minister's commitment to working with Trade Unions, and support the Trade Union (Wales) Act, which disapplies regressive elements of the UK Trade Union Act – put in place by the UK Government.

“We look forward to seeing the First Minister’s plans for Social Partnership legislation, and working with him to ensure that the rights of workers in the education profession are protected.”

NEU Cymru would welcome collective bargaining as workers' rights - Welsh version

NEU Cymru would welcome collective bargaining as workers' rights - Welsh version

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The Plaid Cymru debate says:

Plaid Cymru debate – Workers’ Rights

View the background to item 7.

NDM7034 Rhun ap Iorwerth (Ynys Môn)

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

1. Notes the importance of International Workers’ Day and the role of trade unions in securing the rights of workers in Wales.

2. Notes that Wales is lagging behind the rest of the UK when it comes to fair wage levels, with many people in Wales on wages 30 per cent lower than the rest of the UK population.

3. Believes that legislation should be updated to:

a) deliver ‘Fair Work’ using policy and funding levers and raising collective bargaining coverage;

b) protect workers’ rights through more effective enforcement; and

c) embed social partnership and collective bargaining into the fabric of Welsh work life.

4. Calls on the Welsh Government to ban the use of zero hours contracts in all devolved Welsh public services and associated supply chains.

5. Calls on the Welsh Government to include a commitment to introducing a social partnership act and associated timetable to the current government’s legislative programme.