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Wales TUC president Mike Jenkins pays tribute to Carwyn Jones

WALES TUC president Mike Jenkins paid tribute today in his valedictory presidential speech to First Minister Carwyn Jones, singling out his government’s successful passage of the Trade Union Wales Act through the Welsh Assembly.

The Act disapplied Tory legislation to deny public-service trade union representatives facility time, make official strike action more difficult and threaten check-off arrangements for union dues.

“UK ministers failed to respect Wales’s devolution settlement, prioritising their desperate wish to curb our impact, regardless of whether they had the authority to do so,” he said.

“Our Act is testament to how strength of opposition can be turned into real change where there is the political will.”

Mr Jenkins highlighted benefits enjoyed by workers in Wales as the result of having a devolved Labour government in Cardiff.

He drew attention to joint work with Mr Jones’s administration to address the use of non-guaranteed hours arrangements in the public sector and supply chains.

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