Prospect attends Cheltenham rally to mark 40 years since GCHQ trade union ban

29 January 2024

Prospect joined with other TUC unions for a protect the right to strike rally in Cheltenham on Saturday to mark 40 years since the ban of trade unions at GCHQ.

Prospect Attendees at the Cheltenham rally standing in front of the Prospect banner.

Prospect attendees at the rally.

Prospect and Bectu attendees at the rally included General Secretary Mike Clancy, Senior Deputy General Secretary Sue Ferns, Deputy General Secretary Garry Graham, Head of Bectu Philippa Childs, Prospect President Ele Wade and members from across the union.

The rally marked 40 years since 14 GCHQ workers fought against the government ban on their trade union membership.

The incoming Labour Government in 1997 overturned the ban on trade union membership at GCHQ following a long campaign for justice.

Now, the Minimum Service Levels legislation threatens the fundamental right to strike of trade union members in the UK and Prospect will continue to campaign for the legislation to be repealed.