Holyrood’s Devolution (Further Powers) Committee is to scrutinise the potential impact of the UK Government’s Trades Union Bill early in the new year, it has been announced.
Expert witnesses will be called from the trades unions, public sector bodies and organisations representing employers to give evidence on the Bill’s possible effect on industrial relations and public services in Scotland.
The one-off evidence session on 7 January will inform the basis of an urgent report from the Committee.
It is expected that the full Parliament will debate the report as a means of setting out Holyrood’s view on the potential impact of the Bill in Scotland.
Devolution (Further Powers) Committee Convener Bruce Crawford MSP said:
"The UK Trades Union Bill raises serious concerns for many members of this Committee. Given the Bill is already progressing through Westminster, we urgently want to hear from trades unions and employer bodies on the potential impact this legislation will have in Scotland, if it’s enacted in its current form.
“We particularly want to examine its potential impact on Scottish public sector workers and their employers.”
Mr Crawford added:
“Our intention is to produce a report early in January that can be debated by the full Parliament. That way Holyrood can make clear its considered view to the UK Government before the Bill makes any further significant process through the UK Parliament.”
The Devolution Committee confirmed it will examine the Scottish Government’s Policy Memorandum on the Trades Union Bill published recently by the Scottish Government.
The full list of witnesses to appear before the Committee on 7 January will be confirmed shortly.
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