Labour government in Wales is accused of ‘bullying’ firms hit by Covid into backing unions

Labour government in Wales is accused of ‘bullying’ firms hit by Covid into backing unions in exchange for state aid

  • Cardiff’s Economy Minister Ken Skates sent letter to Covid-hit businesses
  • ‘We expect employers who receive public funds to allow trade unions access’
  • Conservative member of the Welsh parliament, Darren Millar, said ‘Labour should stop bullying businesses’ and should ‘apologise for strong-arming them’

The Labour government in Wales is accused of ‘bullying’ Covid-hit businesses into supporting unions in exchange for state aid.

A letter sent to companies last month by Cardiff’s Economy Minister Ken Skates states: ‘We expect employers who receive public funds to allow trade unions access… 

‘We would like you to remind your staff about this and encourage them to find the right union for them.’

Cardiff’s Economy Minister Ken Skates (pictured) sent a letter to Covid-hit businesses last month that stated: ‘We expect employers who receive public funds to allow trade unions access’

It also included a link to the Trades Union Congress website.

Darren Millar, Conservative member of the Welsh parliament, said: ‘Labour should stop bullying businesses, apologise for strong-arming them, and give them the support they need to protect jobs.’

A spokesman for Mr Skates said: ‘The Welsh Labour Government is committed to working with employers and trade unions to change people’s working lives for the better.

‘We make no apology for that.’ 

Conservative member of the Welsh parliament, Darren Millar, said ‘Labour should stop bullying businesses' and should 'apologise for strong-arming them'

Conservative member of the Welsh parliament, Darren Millar, said ‘Labour should stop bullying businesses’ and should ‘apologise for strong-arming them’

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