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Responding to reports that the government is considering ripping up workers’ rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The government promised that it would strengthen workers’ rights – not weaken them.

“Working-class voters rely on their precious paid holiday, and safety measures like rest breaks and limits on working time.

“Rather than threatening hard-won rights, the prime minister should make good on his promises to his voters. And the best way to do that is to bring forward the long-awaited employment bill, to make sure everyone is treated fairly at work.

Frances added:

“During the 2019 election, the prime minister promised the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation. The new business secretary should get on with that rather than looking to the notorious anti-worker pamphlet Britannia Unchained.”


Editors note

- Boris Johnson made an upgrade to the existing employment law one of his key campaign promises during the 2019 election, vowing that it would be “the largest upgrade to workers’ rights in a generation that the government is bringing forward”.

-'Britannia Unchained: Global Lessons for Growth and Prosperity' is political book on deregulation written by several British Conservative Party MPs, published in 2012. One of the authors of it was the business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng.

- 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 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.

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