Following first minister Mark Drakeford’s statement in the Senedd on 9 July regarding its commitments relating to social partnership, Unite Wales regional secretary Peter Hughes commented: “Following over a decade of informal Welsh government structures that were designed to encourage social partnership, we are delighted that the Welsh government will now be putting social partnership on a statutory footing by introducing a Social Partnership bill in the current Assembly term.

"This is recognition that our Labour-led Welsh government recognises the pivotal role that trade unions play within modern Wales. This approach is in stark contrast to the approach taken by the Tory government in Westminster, whose open hostility to trade unions is clear to see. The strongest economies across Western Europe all have formalised social partnership structures between trade unions and employers.

"With the challenges that the Welsh economy currently faces due to Brexit uncertainty it is crucial that our government has an official avenue through which the trade union voice is clearly heard. The Social Partnership bill delivered by Mark Drakeford’s administration will see this happen."


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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey