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CO-STEEL SHEERNESS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 97: tabled on 30 October 1996

Tabled in the 1996-97 session.

This motion has been signed by 108 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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

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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.

Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1996
Bootle
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Sheffield, Attercliffe
Bradley, Mr Keith
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Manchester, Withington
Brown, Mr Nicholas
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1996
Newcastle upon Tyne East
Callaghan, James
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Heywood and Middleton
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 5 November 1996
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clelland, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 11 November 1996
Tyne Bridge
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Cynon Valley
Coffey, Ann
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Stockport
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Leyton
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 5 November 1996
Falkirk East
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Leigh
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1996
Coventry South East
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 5 November 1996
Glasgow, Govan
Dixon, Don
Labour
Signed on 3 December 1996
Jarrow
Donohoe, Mr Brian H.
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1996
Cunninghame South
Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Crewe and Nantwich
Eastham, Ken
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Manchester, Blackley
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1996
Sunderland North
Evans, John
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1996
St Helens North
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 5 November 1996
Newport West
Fraser, John
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Norwood
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1996
Walthamstow
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1996
Birmingham, Small Heath
Golding, Mrs Llin
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1996
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Bridgend
Hall, Mr Mike
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1996
Warrington South
Hardy, Peter
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Wentworth
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 1996
North Devon
Heppell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1996
Nottingham East
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Knowsley North
Hoyle, Doug
Labour
Signed on 29 November 1996
Warrington North
Hughes, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Doncaster North
Hughes, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 2 December 1996
Harrow West
Hughes, Roy
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Newport East
Jackson, Helen
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Sheffield, Hillsborough
Jones, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1996
Alyn and Deeside
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 7 November 1996
Clwyd South West
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 November 1996
Cheltenham
Kaufman, Mr Gerald
Labour
Signed on 3 December 1996
Manchester, Gorton
Keen, Alan
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1996
Feltham and Heston
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1996
Ealing, Southall
Lestor, Joan
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1996
Eccles
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1996
Brent East
Loyden, Eddie
Labour
Signed on 11 November 1996
Liverpool, Garston
MacDonald, Dr Calum
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Western Isles
MacShane, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 20 November 1996
Rotherham
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Halifax
Marek, Dr John
Labour
Signed on 3 December 1996
Wrexham
Martlew, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1996
Carlisle
Maxton, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Glasgow, Cathcart
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Dundee East
McAvoy, Mr Thomas
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1996
Glasgow, Rutherglen
McCartney, Sir Ian
Labour
Signed on 10 December 1996
Makerfield
McKelvey, William
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Kingston upon Hull North
McWilliam, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 18 December 1996
Blaydon
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1996
Sheffield, Heeley
Miller, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1996
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 9 December 1996
Great Grimsby
Morley, Mr Elliot
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Glanford and Scunthorpe
Morris, Alf
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1996
Manchester, Wythenshawe
Morris, Sir John
Labour
Signed on 4 December 1996
Aberavon
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Sunderland South
Murphy, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 17 March 1997
Torfaen
O'Brien, Sir Bill
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1996
Normanton
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Clackmannan
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1996
Nuneaton
Orme, Stan
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Salford East
Pendry, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Stalybridge and Hyde
Pickthall, Mr Colin
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1996
West Lancashire
Pike, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1996
Burnley
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1996
Hyndburn
Powell, Sir Raymond
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Ogmore
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1996
Pendle
Randall, Stuart
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Kingston upon Hull West
Rogers, Mr Allan
Labour
Signed on 3 December 1996
Rhondda
Rooney, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 21 November 1996
Bradford North
Ross, Mr Ernie
Labour
Signed on 2 December 1996
Dundee West
Rowlands, Mr Ted
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1996
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Nottingham South
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1996
Bolsover
Smith, Llew
Labour
Signed on 27 November 1996
Blaenau Gwent
Snape, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1996
West Bromwich East
Soley, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 3 December 1996
Hammersmith
Spearing, Nigel
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Newham South
Spellar, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 7 November 1996
Warley West
Steinberg, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 5 December 1996
City of Durham
Sutcliffe, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 3 December 1996
Bradford South
Thompson, Jack
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Wansbeck
Touhig, Mr Don
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1996
Islwyn
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 6 December 1996
Hemsworth
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1996
Wolverhampton South East
Wardell, Gareth
Labour
Signed on 3 December 1996
Gower
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Liverpool, West Derby
Williams, Dr Alan
Labour
Signed on 26 November 1996
Carmarthen
Winnick, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 28 November 1996
Walsall North
Worthington, Tony
Labour
Signed on 10 December 1996
Clydebank and Milngavie
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1996
Glasgow, Provan

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

CO-STEEL SHEERNESS (Amendment 1)
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.'.
Conservative, Faversham
57
signatures
EDM 97A1: tabled on 21 November 1996