Issue date
27 Jan 2014

Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech on deregulation at the Federation of Small Businesses today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“It’s sensible to look at whether regulations are still needed or can be simplified from time to time.

“But this government is going way beyond that to attack worker and consumer rights.

“Stripping self-employed workers of health and safety protection – when construction is riddled with bogus self-employment scams – will make injuries more likely.

“And removing any obligation on employers to protect their staff from sexual and racial harassment by customers sends a very clear signal whose side the government is on.

“The real problems facing small businesses are an economy that has been slow to recover due to austerity economics and the continuing failure of banks to lend.”

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