IWGB notes with concern that the Conservative government intends to repeal the Human Rights Act (1998) (“HRA”/ “the Act”), which codifies the protections in the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.

It is not yet clear what will replace the Act, but IWGB believes it is likely that any proposal originating from the Conservative party will militate against the interests of trade unions and of working people more generally.

IWGB notes that many of the employment rights on which our members’ wellbeing and the functioning of the union depend arise from the Act, as well as other fundamental rights and freedoms that people in the UK enjoy, including amongst others:

  • Freedom of assembly and association
  • Freedom of expression
  • Freedom from slavery and forced labour
  • Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment
  • Right to participate in free elections
  • Freedom of thought, belief and religion
  • Right to liberty and security
  • No punishment without law
  • Protection from discrimination in respect of these rights and freedoms

IWGB believes its members will suffer as a consequence of these rights being withdrawn or modified.

IWGB is firmly opposed to the repeal of the Human Rights Act (1998) and resolves:

  • To identify and work with other groups that are campaigning against the repeal of the HRA
  • To suggest statements and other ways in which the union can campaign against the repeal of the HRA as government policy becomes clear
  • To inform and educate members and the general public about the consequences for working people of the repeal or modification of the HRA
  • To build networks of solidarity and support in the wider community.