Early day motion 1056

CHECK-OFF OF UNION SUBSCRIPTIONS

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Total number of signatures: 67

Anderson, David Barron, Kevin Bayley, Hugh Begg, Anne
Bottomley, Peter Campbell, Ronnie Caton, Martin Clark, Katy
Connarty, Michael Cooper, Rosie Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David
Cryer, John Cunningham, Jim Cunningham, Tony Davidson, Ian
Dobbin, Jim Doran, Frank Durkan, Mark Flynn, Paul
Galloway, George Gapes, Mike Gilmore, Sheila Glass, Pat
Glindon, Mary Godsiff, Roger Griffith, Nia Hancock, Mike
Harris, Tom Havard, Dai Healey, John Hepburn, Stephen
Hoey, Kate Hopkins, Kelvin Howarth, George Lavery, Ian
Lazarowicz, Mark Leech, John Love, Andrew McDonnell, Alasdair
McDonnell, John McGovern, Jim Meacher, Michael Meale, Alan
Mearns, Ian Mitchell, Austin Morden, Jessica Morrice, Graeme
Morris, Grahame M O'Donnell, Fiona Osborne, Sandra Pearce, Teresa
Riordan, Linda Rotheram, Steve Roy, Lindsay Ruddock, Joan
Shannon, Jim Sheridan, Jim Skinner, Dennis Smith, Nick
Stringer, Graham Tami, Mark Turner, Karl Watson, Tom
Williamson, Chris Wood, Mike Roy Wright, David

That this House is concerned that Government departments have been asked by the Cabinet Office to review the established system known as check-off, by which public servants pay their union subscriptions directly via payroll; recognises that check-off was introduced as a helpful and inexpensive way for employers, trades unions and their members to work together to collect subscriptions; notes that the cost to the taxpayer of ending the system is likely to be greater than for continuing it; questions the rationale for treating check-off differently to other payroll deductions such as charitable giving via Give As You Earn; further notes the disproportionate impact of ending the system upon low paid workers who could be subject to bank charges if subscriptions are not taken directly from salaries; further recognises that while the Cabinet Office has written to departments describing check-off as not desirable, it cannot instruct departments in this matter; and urges the Government to halt the review of check-off and leave departments to engage in constructive discussions with the trades unions affected.