Any future government must ‘hand power back to workers’ says War on Want

15 May 2017 - 2:45pm
Press release

War on Want’s senior labour rights campaigner, Owen Espley, said today:

"Hard won workers’ rights are at risk of being stripped away as the rise in insecure jobs and the ‘flexible’ labour market  pose a major threat to the capacity of trade unions to organise and defend workers.

"The priority of any future government must be to hand power back to workers to allow them to claim their rights and feel secure enough to challenge poor pay and abusive conditions. Workers in insecure employment, on precarious contracts, such as zero hours or bogus self-employment, are often too afraid of speaking out for fear of losing their job or future work.  Any future government serious about the rights of workers must ensure workers are secure enough to claim the rights they have.

"But protecting workers’ rights also means standing with migrant workers. In the wake of Brexit, there is a real danger that the call to ‘control our borders’ will be used not only to restrict freedom of movement but to further weaken the rights of migrant workers in the UK. Only by protecting the rights of all workers, can we stop a race to the bottom that harms everyone. The protection of workers’ rights, including migrants, must be a priority of any future government."

 

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