The Trade Union Bill is due to come back to the House of Commons next Wednesday when we will be considering Lords Amendments.
The Government this week have made a concession on the Trade Union Bill; they are now going to allow trade union members to pay their ‘subs’ via check-off.
This is a major step forward for common sense as not only does it make it easy for members of trade unions to pay their membership fees – it is also what employers want according to the evidence they gave to the Bill Committee which I sat on.
If the Government looks at the rest of the Bill through these new ‘common sense’ glasses, they will allow changes to e-balloting arrangements to bring the Bill into line with normal working practices in 2016.
he Government will also look again at the outrageous proposals that will impact on political funding – a direct attack on the Labour Party which is without precedent.
Rest assured that I will be standing up for working people when we consider Lords Amendments next week in Parliament.
This week, I was also delighted to see that Sunderland City Council has approved the application for the first phase of the re-development of the Vaux site.
This work, which will result in the creation of an office development in the area, is due to begin in the summer. Having such quality working spaces in our city will create more jobs, attract more people to Sunderland and the increased footfall will be fantastic for local businesses.
Having been involved in what happens to this site since Vaux breweries announced its closure in 1999, I am thrilled that the regeneration of this gateway site to our city is about to start.
It will be a pivotal moment for Sunderland.