Commenting on lobbying reforms announced by the government on Monday, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
‘The government is cynically trying to exploit a political sleaze scandal to crack down on unions – which are democratic and accountable organisations. We already have some of the most restrictive union laws in all of Europe and this move smacks of naked opportunism.
‘Making it harder for working people to take strike action and for unions to support local candidates is not the way to clean up politics.
‘Ordinary people want action to curb the lobbying power of rich men and mighty corporations. It would be better if the government focused on this rather than taking a politically motivated swipe at unions.’