TUC Reacts To Labour Manifesto Commitments On Pay And Workers' Rights
Commenting on the publication of the Labour Party's election manifesto today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
"This is an impressive set of pledges from the Labour Party. Their commitments to improve workers' rights and drive up wages would make a real difference to millions of workers.
"There's clearly a growing political consensus to address issues affecting working people. Decent jobs and fair pay must top of the list for the new government.
On workers' rights:
"Nobody voted for Brexit to lose their hard-won protections at work. That is why Labour is right to protect existing rights at work, and pledge to at least match future EU rights. British workers shouldn't miss out on rights enjoyed by other European workers.
"With one in ten workers now in insecure jobs, it's good to see a real attempt to improve workplace rights. Banning zero-hours contracts would give nearly a million workers the certainty and security they deserve.
"And abolishing employment tribunal fees would make it easier for people to defend their rights at work.
"Labour rightly recognises that Britain still needs a pay rise. Wages still haven't recovered from the financial crash, and far too many working people struggle to pay the bills.
"Increasing the minimum wage, and expanding collective bargaining coverage, are proven and effective ways to drive up stagnating pay.
"And ending artificial pay restrictions in the public sector will stop the real pay cuts for public servants after seven long years. Hard-working nurses shouldn't be forced to turn to food banks."
TUC Reacts To Labour Manifesto Commitments On Pay And Workers' Rights, 16th May 2017, 22:00 PM