Delegates at TUC Congress in Manchester voted unanimously on Monday to support John McDonnell's Private Members Bill which if passed will prevent employers from using minor technicalities to overrule democratic ballots.

The Composite motion on Employment Rights reaffirmed Congress' commitment to ending "the UK's repressive anti-trade union laws" by fully supporting the Lawful Industrial Action (Minor Errors) Bill.

The motion was moved by Unites' Len McCluskey who said the current laws are being used to stop members standing up for their rights. He said all that employers "need is an expensive lawyer and a willing judge…" and the right to take strike action can easily be revoked.

He went on to say "this composite rightly says we need to get behind John McDonnell's Bill" and that "this movement will fight to defend the right to strike".

The motion called for Congress to support the Bill by attending the lobby of Parliament on the 13th October and by asking MPs to be in the Commons for the Second Reading on the 22nd October.

The motion was seconded by RMT and supported by BECTU, NUJ, URTU, PCS and UCU.