Workers' Rights

I cannot believe the hypocrisy!

Before becoming the MP for Lewisham Deptford I spent many years as a trade union official. The one thing I and my colleagues and the people I represented know for certain about Tories is that they never stand up for workers' rights.

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One of the first things I saw this Tory government do when they came to power was bring in the Trade Union Act which made it easier for employers to sack people, ensuring rights you previously had after six months were delayed to two years, as well as introducing tribunal fees of up to £1200 if you need to claim for unfair dismissal and slashing working families tax credits. All of this whilst also doing nothing to stop zero hours contracts! They shape their policies to benefit the privileged few.

Theresa May’s announcement that she will expand workers’ rights is laughable. Labour have had to fight the Tories constantly to protect workers’ rights. Most recently they attempted to increase tax on the self-employed: that’s taxi drivers, plumbers, carpenters, builders and farmers to name a few.

The Tories also recently voted down a Labour amendment that sought to protect workers’ rights during Brexit negotiations. And perhaps one of their most notable moves is to maintain the 1% cap on public sector pay rises which affects around 5 million public sector workers.

The Tories are not for workers - Labour is. Under a Tory government the average full-time worker on the National Living Wage will be £2,283 worse off by 2020. Under Labour we would see a Real Living Wage of £10 per hour by 2020, as well as the repeal of the Trade Union Act, rights for workers from day one of employment and access to workplaces for all trade unions.

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