Sarah Veale

Sarah Veale

Sarah Veale was Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department at the Trades Union Congress (TUC), where she worked since 1985. She was a member of the TUC team which negotiated the agreement with the CBI and the Government that formed the basis of the Temporary Agency Work Directive; she was also responsible for the development of TUC policy on employment law. Sarah was awarded the CBE for services to diversity in 2006. Since retiring from the TUC she has worked on the ‘Workplace 2020’ initiative, as well as continuing to be active across the movement.

What are the barriers to improving union recognition in the workplace?

By Sarah Veale, Institute of Employment Rights

12 June 2018

Legislation giving workers the right to have their union recognised by their employer exists but is weak and little used.

Trade Union Bill – article for the Morning Star by Sarah Veale, Head, Equality and Employment Rights Department, TUC

3 August 2015

By Sarah Veale. Head of the TUC Equality and Employment Rights Department

The Tory Government’s Trade Union Bill, which had its first reading in the House of Commons on 22nd July, is the nastiest piece of trade union legislation since the days of Norman Tebbit and Margaret Thatcher. That is saying something, as it was they who introduced endless regulations to make it more and more difficult for unions to organise a legally compliant strike or to represent their members.

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