Issue date
10 Jan 2019
  • Amendment makes no change to the deal, Frances O’Grady warns

Commenting on reports that Theresa May is considering giving extra protections for workers’ rights in order to win support for the withdrawal agreement, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“This amendment makes no change to a bad deal for working people’s jobs and rights.

“We’ve been clear that what working people need is a long-term, binding guarantee that their rights will keep pace with those across Europe. The doesn’t deliver that. It doesn't even provide an adequate guarantee for the rights we already have.

“And since the political declaration isn’t legally binding, there’s nothing to stop a future government from ignoring it altogether.

“The prime minister has talked a big game on workers’ rights all along, but once again the reality falls short.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 49 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.