Issue date
06 Mar 2019

Commenting on new government proposals on employment rights announced today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:

“The prime minister has made a mockery of her own claim that Britain is leading the way on workers’ rights.

”These are flimsy procedural tweaks. They come nowhere close to ensuring existing rights are protected. And they won’t stop workers’ rights in the UK from falling behind those in the rest of Europe.

“What’s more, there’s nothing to stop a future right-wing government tearing up this legislation altogether.

“MPs must not be taken in by this blatant window dressing. Our hard-won rights are still under threat.

Editors note
  • The TUC has consistently called for a long-term, legally binding guarantee for workers’ rights to be written into the Withdrawal Agreement, and argued that the best way to protect workers’ rights is to stick with Single Market and Customs Union rules.
  • 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.

Contacts:

Niamh Ní Mhaoileoin
nnimhaoileoin@tuc.org.uk
020 7467 1288
07771 713574

TUC press office
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