SNP MSP Dennis Robertson has voted to oppose the UK Government’s ‘anti-worker’ Trade Union Bill – and raised questions over Labour’s failure to back the devolution of power over industrial relations to Scotland.


A motion condemning the Trade Union Bill was passed in the Scottish Parliament with support from Labour MSPs, despite the fact that Labour MPs at Westminster voted against an SNP amendment to the Scotland Bill to devolve responsibility for industrial relations and workers’ rights to Scotland – and chose instead to leave them under the control of the Tory government.


The Scottish Government has already asked the UK Government to exclude Scotland from the Trade Union Bill in its entirety – and that if they are unwilling to do so, the consent of the Scottish Parliament should be sought before the legislation is imposed on Scotland.




Commenting, Dennis Robertson MSP said:



“The UK Government’s Trade Union Bill is an unacceptable attack on workers’ rights and I am proud to have cast my vote to stand against it in the Scottish Parliament.


The Trade Union Bill hampers the rights of devolved administrations, local authorities, and other bodies to determine their own industrial relations. Trade Unions, under this bill, will be seriously hindered in their efforts to protect workers in Aberdeenshire West and across Scotland.


“The SNP initially proposed plans to devolve powers over industrial relations which would have allowed the Scottish Parliament to take a new and better approach – supporting the work of our unions rather than attacking them. Labour chose to leave these powers in David Cameron’s hands giving him carte blanche to undermine unions in Scotland– and local Labour politicians will have to answer to workers across Aberdeenshire West for their decision.


“Trade Unions are a vital part of our local economy and Trade Unionists as well as workers across Aberdeenshire West can be assured that I will continue to do everything  I can to fight this anti-worker legislation.”