Prime Minister Theresa May promised to protect the rights of workers under EU laws despite Brexit ….writes Asian Lite News
Prime Minister Theresa May promises to deliver a new deal for workers that will lead to the greatest extension of rights and protections for employees by any Conservative Government in history.
“If elected on 8 June, the Conservatives will strike a fairer deal for ordinary working people with a raft of measures including new rights for those who have to leave work to care for family members, or experience child bereavement, a greater stake for workers in their companies, and a commitment to continue increasing the National Living Wage,” a statement said.
The package will also help secure economic growth by giving workers rights to request training, to prepare workers for the high-skilled, highly paid jobs of the future, and a new programme of high-quality returnships, to help those returning to the labour market.
“I would use Brexit to extend the protections and rights that workers enjoy, and our manifesto will deliver exactly that. Our plans, backed up with strong and stable leadership, will be the greatest expansion in workers’ rights by any Conservative Government in history,” said Mrs May. “By working with business, reducing taxes and dealing with the deficit we have delivered steady improvements to the economic prospects of working people. Now is the time to lock in that economic growth and ensure the proceeds are spread to everyone in our country.
“There is only one leader at this election who will put rights and opportunities for ordinary working families first. The choice next month is clear: economic stability and a better deal for workers under my Conservative team, or chaos under Jeremy Corbyn, whose nonsensical policies would trash the economy and destroy jobs.
The plans will be published in the Conservative Party manifesto and will include:
- Protection for all workers’ rights currently guaranteed by EU law. The Conservatives will guarantee all rights that workers currently enjoy as we leave the European Union.
- A commitment to increase the National Living Wage in line with median earnings until the end of the next Parliament in 2022.
- New protections for ‘gig’ economy workers, following the Matthew Taylor Review that Theresa May established in one of her first moves after becoming Prime Minister
- Representation for workers on company boards, under the Conservatives’ wider reforms to corporate governance.
- A new statutory right to receive information about key decisions affecting your company’s future, subject to reasonable safeguards, and in keeping with but not exceeding the rights of shareholders.
- A new statutory right to request leave for training purposes, to help workers gain the skills they need to retain good, well-paid jobs.
- A new statutory right to leave to care for a family member, in line with other countries.
- New rules to protect workers’ pensions from irresponsible behaviour by company bosses, like unsustainable dividends and takeovers that put the future of the pension scheme at risk.
- Reforms to the Equalities Act to extend protections from discrimination to those suffering fluctuating or intermittent mental health conditions.
- A statutory right to child bereavement leave, for those who suffer the tragedy of losing a child.
- The introduction of new returnships for people returning to the labour market from a period of absence, including from parenthood and elderly care.