Police Bill back, more protest needed!

Submitted by cathy n on 6 July, 2021 - 4:27 Author: Cathy Nugent
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The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill passed its third reading by a majority of 100, in the House of Commons on 5 July, with Labour voting against.

Outside Parliament as the Bill was being discussed was a modest but lively and militant protest. The protest, organised by activists under the umbrella of "Kill the Bill", was nowhere near as strong as it needs to be. Apart from a banner from the RMT there was no union presence.

Though it is clear that the Bill is specifically targeting XR and BLM in its limiting of protests and demonstrations, unions will be affected by this legislation. The law makes it easier to stop any demonstration deemed a nuisance. That could include picketing.

The labour movement must crank up its opposition to this terrible law, and soon.

Free Our Unions briefing on the implications of the Police Bill, by Professor Gregor Gall, Visiting Professor of Industrial Relations, University of Leeds.

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