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CO-STEEL SHEERNESS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 97A1: tabled on 21 November 1996

Tabled in the 1996-97 session.

This motion has been signed by 57 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Dale Campbell-Savours on 30 October 1996. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'House' to end and add 'notes the commitment of the Labour Party to increasing compulsion on employers to recognise trade unions for bargaining purposes and to undermine the great advance in British industrial relations achieved by Conservative legislation; deplores the fact that, in the furtherance of their campaign to this end, they choose to attack and denigrate successful companies such as Co-Steel Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, a company which is a leader in world steel technology and which plays an important part in the economy of Kent and of the United Kingdom, is one of the nation's top export earners, employs over 1,000 people, provides the best pay and benefit package in the United Kingdom steel industry, has an outstanding record of industrial relations, plays a leading role in training and vocational education, was amongst the first group of companies to get the Investor in People Award and is greatly involved with the local community where it gains widespread support from people of all political persuasions; and further notes that the trade union campaign for recognition appears to have significant local support and that a union-organised march in Sheerness was attended by not a single one of the company's employees.'.

Original motion text

That this House notes that, in March 1992, Co-Steel Sheerness, in the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, through a campaign of threats and intimidation, derecognised freely and democractically chosen trade unions and withdrew the right to collective bargaining; notes that over 78 per cent. of ISTC members voted for collective bargaining and union recognition; supports the joint ISTC/AEEU campaign for trade union recognition at the plant; notes that Co-Steel's Personnel Director, Hugh Billot, revealed that five per cent. to six per cent. of employees who resisted the changes were `terminated'; notes that acc ess to company premises was denied to trade unions and that these blatant anti-union activities by Canadian owned Co-Steel led to protests at the company's headquarters by the United Steelworkers of America; notes the recommendation in June of the United Nations International Labour Organisation that the United Kingdom Government should launch an immediate inquiry into the activities of Co-Steel and that section 13 of the Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act 1993 should be amended to provide a defence in British law against anti-union discrimination so that it ensures workers' organisations adequate protection from acts of interference on the part of the employer and so that it does not result in fact in the discouragement of collective bargaining; calls for an immediate and specific Government response in line with Britain's ratification of ILO Conventions 87 and 98 and international obligations to protect human rights; and further advises those touting suchoutmoded and shortsighted management philosophies to stay away from the productive and forward looking steel plant in Workington.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Ashby, David
Conservative
Signed on 12 December 1996
North West Leicestershire
Atkinson, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1996
Bournemouth East
Banks, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1996
Harrogate
Bendall, Mr Vivian
Conservative
Signed on 26 November 1996
Ilford North
Body, Sir Richard
Conservative
Signed on 25 November 1996
Holland with Boston
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Canterbury
Brown, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Brigg and Cleethorpes
Carlisle, John
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1996
Luton North
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 2 December 1996
Stafford
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Chipping Barnet
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 25 November 1996
Romsey and Waterside
Dover, Den
Conservative
Signed on 9 December 1996
Chorley
Dunn, Mr Bob
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Dartford
Dykes, Hugh
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Harrow East
Fenner, Dame Peggy
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Medway
Fry, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 27 November 1996
Wellingborough
Gardiner, Sir George
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Reigate
Gill, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Ludlow
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Billericay
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Ealing North
Greenway, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Ryedale
Grylls, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
North West Surrey
Hannam, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Exeter
Hawksley, Warren
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Halesowen and Stourbridge
Howell, Sir Ralph
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
North Norfolk
Jessel, Toby
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Twickenham
Knox, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Staffordshire Moorlands
Lawrence, Sir Ivan
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Burton
Madel, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
South West Bedfordshire
Marlow, Tony
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Northampton North
Marshall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Hendon South
Mitchell, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 1996
North West Hampshire
Norris, Steven
Conservative
Signed on 12 December 1996
Epping Forest
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Corby
Roberts, Sir Wyn
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Conwy
Rowe, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Mid Kent
Shaw, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Dover
Skeet, Sir Trevor
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
North Bedfordshire
Speed, Sir Keith
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Ashford
Spicer, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
West Dorset
Spicer, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 25 November 1996
South Worcestershire
Temple-Morris, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Leominster
Thompson, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Norwich North
Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Crosby
Tracey, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Surbiton
Trotter, Sir Neville
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1996
Tynemouth
Walker, Sir Harold
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1996
Doncaster Central
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Ruislip - Northwood
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Spelthorne
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1996
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.