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Demo at trade summit.

TRADE unionists were set to hold a rally today to oppose both a controversial trade deal and the UK Government's Trade Union Bill.

Members of UNISON Cymru Wales will gather outside Conwy County Borough Council's Bodlondeb HQ to back efforts by Labour Councillor Mike Priestley to oppose the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the UK Government's Trade Union Bill.

The demonstration is due to start at 9.30am and councillors on the principal overview and scrutiny committee are expected to discuss both issues inside the building at 10am.

Previously, Conwy Cllr Chris Hughes has voiced concerns about the effects on businesses of the TTIP deal currently believed to be being negotiated between the European Union and the US, and about the alleged secrecy of the talks.

The EU says the TTIP will generate jobs and growth across the EU, cutting prices for shoppers and offer consumers more choice.

The union is also concerned that the Trade Union Bill includes a requirement for the public sector to stop Deduction of Contributions at Source (DOCAS) - how union members pay their subs.

Unison says trade unions pay Conwy nearly PS10,000 for this service.

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Date:Mar 7, 2016
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