Labour Research July 2016



Unions have welcomed a decision to ditch controversial plans that would have allowed police and intelligence agencies to spy on them (see also page 7).

Trade union activity will now be exempt from police interception warrants after an amendment was accepted to the Investigatory Powers Bill.

TUC deputy general secretary Paul Nowak said: “State-sponsored surveillance of trade unions has no role in a modern democracy like ours. 

“We have seen at first hand with union blacklisting how human rights can be abused and lives wrecked when authorities start amassing details on unions and their members.”