Detail of outcome
We are taking these measures forward through the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill.
Detail of feedback received
We have published stakeholders’ individual consultation responses, where they have given us permission. We received permission to publish 28 of the 42 responses. A further respondent wished to be noted among those who responded without having their full response published.
The main areas of debate for respondents were:
- rationale for transparency of lobbying
- role of the assurer
- criteria for the membership audit certificate
Trade unions should be able to visibly demonstrate that they know who their members are and can communicate with them. The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill includes measures to give assurance that union membership records are kept accurate and up to date, through an annual membership audit certificate to the Certification Officer.
This discussion paper seeks views on:
- implementing the measures on trade union membership records effectively
- what guidance should be provided to ensure that unions can meet the new requirements, with the help of employers where needed
It invites your views on implementing the changes in a way that is fair, proportionate and workable.
See also the related equality impact assessment on ‘Trade Union Membership Records’.