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The Government has had a change of heart over plans to stop workers paying for their trade union subscriptions through wage deductions.
Last August, ministers announced that they intended to abolish this practice, known as the "check-off process", as part of the forthcoming Trade Union Bill.
Union leaders argued that abolishing check off would make it more complicated for members and potentially lead to a loss of funds.
Lord Bridges of Headley announced a “pause” in plans this week, and the proposal to remove check off when the Bill goes through its next reading in the House of Lords will be removed.
He told peers: "Arguments have been made with considerable vim and vigour that by ending check off and moving to direct debit, those on low pay and especially those who have payday loans might have to cease being trade union members or have to pay extra bank charges.”
He added that it had never been the Government’s intention to undermine the trade union movement, and the payment of subscriptions via salary deduction will continue, as long as the unions bear the administrative cost.
Fellow peer Lord Balfe, who led the parliamentary campaign against the move to abolish check off, said he was “delighted” with the decision.
"I think it was clear to anyone who looked at the detail that the Government's proposals on check off stood to do considerable damage both to the unions themselves and to their members and potential membe