New U.K. opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that if he wins the 2020 election, he will repeal legislation currently passing through Parliament that aims to curb the ability of workers to strike.
“I am a proud trade unionist,” Corbyn said in a speech to the Trades Union Congress in Brighton, southern England, on Tuesday. “We will fight this bill all the way, and if it becomes law we will repeal it in 2020 and replace it with a workers’ rights agenda and something decent and proper for the future.”
The legislation, proposed by Prime Minister David Cameron’s government, would set thresholds for votes on strikes and limit the ability of workers in key services to withdraw their labor. It passed the latest stage of the parliamentary process on Monday.
Corbyn said the proposed law is “anti-democratic” and urged Cameron to allow online and workplace voting in union ballots in place of the postal votes currently required. He also said unionized workplaces often have better management as a result.
“We’ve got to fight this bill all the way, because if they get it through it’s a danger to the civil liberties of everybody,” he said. “Be confident, be strong, we’ve got lots of knowledge and lots of power.”
Corbyn, who said 30,000 people had joined the party since he became leader on Saturday, also pledged to campaign against the government’s reforms to welfare.