Could the Social Partnership Act Empower Ordinary Workers?

From Planet 248

by Harriet Protheroe-Soltani

Harriet Protheroe-Soltani responds to an article in Voice.Wales to argue how while the Act is designed to strengthen the bargaining position of senior trade unionists, that with creative thinking the Act could be used as an organising opportunity to empower workers in a cost-of-living crisis.

As the ‘Summer of Strikes’ turns to autumn, with the trade union movement hoping to sustain the public support for union action and union leaders such as Mick Lynch that has been generated as times get ever tougher for working people, Welsh activists are reflecting on whether Wales’s unique and much-awaited Social Partnership Act will put Welsh workers in a stronger industrial position. The Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill is likely to become law in 2023.

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About the author

Harriet Protheroe-Soltani is a trade unionist, tenants’ activist and supporter of Welsh independence.