Local MSP John Finnie, Scottish Greens, has secured all-party support for his amendment to the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill recognising the vital role trade unions and staff associations play in supporting their members in civil litigation.
As configured, the Government’s legislation potentially put trade unions and staff associations in the same category as claims management companies and venture capitalists who provide third party funding to cases in order to secure a financial cut of any damages awarded by the court.
John Finnie said:
“I was delighted to receive the support of my committee colleagues for this vital change which recognises the important role played by trade unions and staff associations in representing their members.
“The workers’ representatives’ supporting function is a million miles from those speculators driven by profit rather than justice and my amendment ensures that important difference will now be recognised on the face of the legislation.”
The Bill which is at Stage 2 as it progresses through the Scottish Parliament seeks to increase access to justice in civil cases. The Bill is being scrutinised at the Justice Committee.