TUC says May must agree stronger workers’ rights to restore lost trust

By agency reporter
November 18, 2017

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has called on Theresa May to sign up to stronger protections for workers at the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth that she is attending in Gothenburg.

Soon after taking office, the Prime Minister told the 2016 Conservative Party Conference “Let me be absolutely clear: existing workers’ legal rights will continue to be guaranteed in law – and they will be guaranteed as long as I am Prime Minister.  And in fact, as we announced yesterday, under this Government, we’re going see workers’ rights not eroded, and not just protected, but enhanced under this Government.”

EU leaders are being asked by the social summit host, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, to sign up to enhanced rights for workers.

The European Pillar of Social Rights includes new guaranteed rights to paid parental leave, and new protections for gig economy and zero-hours contract workers. It also commits to principles focused on fair working conditions, including adequate minimum wages, work-life balance, and the right for workers to have a say in decisions that affect their employment.

The TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said: “Theresa May broke her promise to working people this week when she instructed her MPs to vote against protections for workers’ rights after we leave the EU.

“The Prime Minister must now take steps to win back workers’ trust by signing up to stronger rights for UK workers at the summit in Gothenburg. She must reassure working people that a level playing field for workers’ rights will be written into the Brexit deal. Britain’s workers must not be left to fall behind the rest of Europe when future improvements are made.”

* More on the European Pillar of Social Rights here

* TUC  https://www.tuc.org.uk/

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