1. ITV Report

AMs asked to scrap UK govt's public sector union law

Carwyn Jones gave details of his government's legislative programme to AMs in the Senedd Photo: Senedd TV

The Welsh Government will ask AMs to remove what it claims are “harmful reforms” to Welsh public sector workers' rights. The reforms made by the UK Government tightened the requirements for a strike ballot.

The Welsh Government will bring forward legislation to repeal sections of the UK Government’s pernicious Trade Union Act in devolved areas. The Fourth Assembly refused consent for the UK Government to legislate in those areas but the UK Government proceeded to impose them on Wales. This is not acceptable.

We have always said that significant parts of the UK legislation relate specifically to public services which are clearly devolved, and ... key provisions remain fundamentally harmful to Wales. Our legislation will seek to dis-apply these parts for our devolved public services.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

Carwyn Jones was announcing the Welsh Government's legislative programme for the next 12 months. He said there would be fewer new laws than in the last Assembly but he announced six new bills:

  • A Land Transaction Tax bill, to replace UK stamp duty.
  • A Landfill Disposals Tax bill, to replace UK landfill tax.
  • Trade Union legislation, to repeal the UK government's legislation
  • A Public Health bill. It will not include restrictions on e-cigarettes, which led to the defeat of the previous bill.
  • An Additional Learning Needs bill aimed at improving services to children and young people.
  • A bill abolishing social housing tenants' Right to Buy and Right to Acquire,

More on this story