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Trade Union Bill for voting in Wales

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Published: 11:42 GMT, Jan 23, 2016 |
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There is confidence the Welsh assembly will reject plans to tighten rules on strike action in areas such as health and education, a minister has said.

Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews said the Trade Union Bill was “an intrusion into the devolution settlement”.

There is a vote on the matter in the assembly on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, First Minister Carwyn Jones said the dispute could end up being resolved in the Supreme Court.

The bill, currently being considered by Parliament, sets new rules for industrial action including requiring 40% of those eligible to vote to back strikes in key areas such as health and education.

The Welsh government said it encroaches on its responsibilities over parts of the public sector.

AMs will vote on Tuesday on a motion which would give the assembly’s approval for Parliament to legislate over devolved matters in the Trade Union Bill.

Labour, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats are expected to vote against it.

Mr Andrews told Sunday Politics Wales it was an “attack on trade unions”.

Mr Andrews said if the law was passed, a bill would be introduced in the next assembly to remove the applications of its regulations in Wales.