Update from Frances

AS THE UK PREPARES TO LEAVE THE EUROPEAN UNION, THE FIRST PRIORITY NOW IS TO PROTECT JOBS AND DEFEND THE LIVING STANDARDS OF WORKING PEOPLE.

 

#Article50: the union response is all about good jobs & rights at work 

For trade unions, it still seems strange that a Conservative Prime Minister should tell the House if Commons that she is committed to protecting and enhancing working people’s rights as she did yesterday.

But what’s the real agenda for unions and working people in what appears to be merely an act of political theatre?

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EU proposals published today (Wednesday) to strengthen employment rights are a reminder that a bad Brexit deal will mean a worse deal at work for Brits compared to EU workers, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These are welcome proposals to improve the lives of working people. The big question for the party leaders is whether they will make sure Britain’s workers benefit too.
26 April 2017
Commenting on the speech today (Tuesday) by shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer, which includes a commitment not to leave the UK lagging behind the EU for workplace protections, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The next government must guarantee that there will continue to be a level playing field after Brexit. When EU rights improve, so must UK rights. Otherwise UK workers will fall behind and become the second-class citizens of Europe.
25 April 2017
Commenting on the European Parliament’s vote today pushing for a post-Brexit deal between the EU and the UK that protects current and future workplace rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister should welcome the European Parliament’s commitment to workers’ rights in the UK. It gives her a great opportunity to put into action her promise to protect and enhance working people’s rights.
05 April 2017
On the morning of the day when Article 50 was triggered by the Prime Minister (29 March), TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady wrote a blog for the Social Europe website setting out what the British and European trade union movement want to see in the negotiations over the UK's exit from the European Union.
02 April 2017
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady blogged at Huffington Post ahead of the triggering of Article 50, calling for the Prime Minister to put protecting working people's rights at the heart of her approach to negotiations to leave the European Union.
02 April 2017
Commenting on the draft guidelines published today (Friday) by the Council of the European Union on the EU’s principles and approach to Brexit negotiations, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister should accept the EU's 'bridge' offer, as it is the best way to make sure that British jobs and businesses are not put in danger.
31 March 2017
Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the white paper on the Great Repeal Bill, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The proposals fall short of the Prime Minister’s promise to fully protect and maintain all workers’ rights that came from the EU.
30 March 2017
The TUC will be watching closely to make sure that every workplace right that comes from the EU is protected – now and into the future.
30 March 2017

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