Early day motion 481

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CERTIFICATION OFFICER'S LEVY ON TRADE UNIONS

That this House is gravely concerned that the Government's proposals for a Certification Officer's levy on trade unions would result in unions having fewer resources to represent their members, a reduced capacity to negotiate better jobs and working conditions for working people, and a diminished ability to take enforcement action against bad employers; does not believe that the functions delivered by the Certification Officer should be recoverable by the proposed levy, which is both unnecessary and out of proportion to the reality of the current system; notes that the current proposal effectively create a flat-rate charge for all unions with an annual income of over £900,000, and does not account for the varying budgets and existing resources of those organisations; further notes that the proposed division of costs between the various types of organisations regulated by the Certification Office is unjust and greater clarity needs to be provided on the rise in costs, since the Certification Officer's income is set to more than treble; and therefore calls on the Government to consider retaining the existing funding arrangements, or at least to ensure that any system of levies treats unions and employers equally, and ensure that all levied organisations are required to pay at a level that is broadly proportionate to their income.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 31.10.2017
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 01.11.2017
Carden, Dan Labour Party Liverpool Walton 31.10.2017
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 01.11.2017
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 02.11.2017
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 02.11.2017
Gaffney, Hugh Labour Party Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill 31.10.2017
George, Ruth Labour Party High Peak 16.11.2017
Hill, Mike Labour Party Hartlepool 01.11.2017
Hoey, Kate Labour Party Vauxhall 31.10.2017
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 31.10.2017
Lewis, Clive Labour Party Norwich South 31.10.2017
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 03.11.2017
Matheson, Chris Labour Party City of Chester 03.11.2017
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 31.10.2017
Morris, Grahame M Labour Party Easington 06.11.2017
Nandy, Lisa Labour Party Wigan 31.10.2017
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 31.10.2017
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 01.11.2017
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 01.11.2017