"This attack means that a trade union will not be able to have a full delegation at the parliament of the trade unions, the highest level meeting in the UK trade union movement.
Elected local government and free trade unions are hallmarks of democracies, yet an elected Labour council does this.
This is not an isolated attack by the council. Our UNISON branch secretary is currently off work with stress because her time off for union duties has been so severely restricted that she could not cope with the workload.
I am routinely refused both paid and unpaid leave for UNISON meetings that I have been elected to. For example I have been refused leave for UNISON's South East Weighting Campaign committee meeting on 2 September even though I am Chairperson of that body. Thus the city council is hampering a trade union's ability to organise."
Write to your councillor about this attack on union democracy. Raise the issue in your union branch or community group.