Readers’ letters - September 30

The new Trade Union Bill will make disputes more bitter says a correspondent. See letter
The new Trade Union Bill will make disputes more bitter says a correspondent. See letter
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Trade union bill a bad idea

I am very proud to be a member of a trade union but I am appalled at what I feel is a ‘war’ on people like me from this government.

My union Unite has supported not just myself but the manufacturing industry during the recent very tough years.

Unite and our members have fought for better pay, saved jobs (including whole industries), supported skills and apprenticeships, ensured we have decent health and safety at work, worked closely with companies to raise productivity and brought work back to the UK.

I do not understand why this government is now planning new laws that attack the vital work unions do.

Instead, they should be thanking working people and their unions for putting our shoulders to the wheel during the recession, and for working co-operatively with employers to find solutions to problems at work.

My fear is that the government’s hatred of unions will result in very bad laws for the British people.

Their appalling Trade Union Bill will not modernise industrial relations, as the government claims, but will make disputes more bitter.

Were the government truly interested in improving things at work, then they would not be undermining basic rights.

And were they truly interested in raising turnouts in strike ballots, they would be bringing modern, secure voting to workplaces.

As a proud British worker, I am deeply shocked by moves to take apart our fundamental freedoms.

The land of Magna Carta should not be legislating to make lawful strikes all but impossible, and our government should not be seeking to silence people on social media.

As Senior Tory MP David Davis says, the Trade Union Bill is like something from the dark days of Spanish dictator General Franco.

Nobody seems to want this Bill – not the police, the HR managers, agency labour employers, nor civil rights groups.

It has no place in modern-day Britain.

It should be scrapped, now.

Steven Turner, Chorley & District Trade Union Council

Recycle earlier on not later

Once again the call goes out, “we must recycle more”, but why isn’t this call heeded at the manufacturing point?

Why do we have to have vegetables pre-packed with useless packaging?

I would love to get my milk from a milkman who uses bottles.

I hate the plastic ones we have to put up with.

Why these plastic bottles haven’t been made bio-degradable I’ll never know.

Biscuits seem to have more packaging than items inside, we have blister packs for razors, blister packs for blades, again more packaging than what’s inside.

White goods are encased in polystyrene, what did we use before?

Just cardboard which you could tear up and burn on your fire. Now the fireplaces have gone, the build-up of material that could be burnt is getting worse every day.

Before someone picks up on this, I do miss the open fire and, if I had one, all combustible material would be put on it.

I’m sure if the manufacturers put their own house in order, things would get better, instead of putting the onus on the consumer to get rid of the unnecessary fall-out.

I do believe in the concept of recycling but if I’m asked to wash out opened tins of soup, caviar and such, this is where I step back and say “Oi! Environmentalist, no, I will not wash out tins”. The only thing I recycle at the moment are bikes.

The Green Giant, real name supplied

The differences

in rugby styles

Allan Fazackerley could have been describing rugby league in his letter (LEP, September 26), except that he failed to point out that tries in rugby union are as scarce as hens’ teeth whereas

in league they come thick and fast.

In the England-Wales union match, 53 points were scored but the try line was crossed only twice.

On Friday in Wigan, 59 points were scored, all, with one exception, from tries, some converted, some missed.

When league players switch codes, it is usually for more money.

When will people stop referring to rugby football?

There is rugby union and rugby league.

Val Andrews, St Annes on Sea

Warning leaflet would help us

A friend’s metered water bill was rather more than usual and led to examination of the plumbing. It was found to be the ball-cock, failing to fully shut off in the loo cistern.

Unlike my own, old system, where any overflow would drip from an exterior pipe, the modern ones simply dribble into the bowl, which became self-evident when the blue indicator from the freshener continued to appear after a flush with clear water, poured in from a bucket.

There must be a lot of wastage from such defective ball-cocks, so it could be helpful if the water authority was to enclose a warning leaflet with consumers’ accounts and have it posted on its website.

Non-metered users pay a fixed rate, but would do well to listen for a soughing noise, (to avoid wasting water) which can indicate a leak.

G.W Richards, Bamber Bridge

Husbands who are hen-pecked

Reading the article about Anthony Blackie (LEP September 23), who has written a guide on how to survive as a hen-pecked husband, had me thinking about a lovely little exchange between Laurel and Hardy in their film Sons of the Desert.

After discovering that his pal often runs ideas by his wife, Hardy says: “Do you have to ask your wife everything?” to which Laurel innocently replies: “Well, if I didn’t, I wouldn’t know what she wanted me to do.” That’s the spirit!

Hen-pecked husband