Too many construction workers and their families have suffered just because they had concerns over health and safety in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries, or just because they belonged to a trade union.
Blacklisting is a national scandal and the trade unions are determined to stamp out this practice because it ruins lives and has no place in a modern society.
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Mr Chairman, for the avoidance of doubt, and because I am sure that some Conservative councillors will seek to indulge in party-political point-scoring, I should tell you that I am a member of the Unite union, and my colleague Cllr Patience is a member of the GMB union. I do not regard this as a prejudicial interest, any more than I regard being a resident of Suffolk as a prejudicial interest, in seeking to ensure that this council does everything it can to uphold the law and fair employment regulations, and protects those working for it – whether directly or through contracts – from abuses in the workplace and from dangerous practices.
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Chair, fellow councillors and colleagues I am moving the motion to support the adoption of a lifelong strategy for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to ensure that SCC meets its duties in a fair and transparent manner.
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Mr Chairman, as is traditional, I start by congratulating you on your elevation to your new role. I am sure you will uphold the standards of this Chamber and give due opportunity for the proper involvement of all Councillors in debating the work of this Council, from whichever party.
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