The Labour Party is today announcing plans to create a Ministry for Employment Rights, along with a Workers' Protection Agency to enforce those rights.
Labour’s proposals for individual employment rights include:
- Banning zero hours’ contracts by requiring employers to give all workers a contract that accurately reflects their fixed and regular hours
- Creating a single class of worker which will include all those but the genuinely self-employed.
- giving all workers the right to seek flexible working, and placing a duty on the employer to accommodate the request
- a statutory Real Living Wage of £10 per hour by 2020 for all workers aged 16 or over
- ending the “Swedish derogation” which permits employers to pay agency workers less than regular staff for the same work
- banning unpaid internships
- the introduction of a civil enforcement system to ensure compliance with gender pay auditing
The proposals for collective rights include: -
- making it easier for workers to have their say at work, including allowing electronic and workplace ballots
- giving trade unions the right of entry to workplaces to organise members and to meet and represent their members
- banning anti-union practice and the strengthening of protection of trade union representatives against unfair dismissal
- repealing the Trade Union Act 2016 in its entirety
Whilst Labour would obviously have to be elected into Government to enact these proposals, the proposals are likely to be a central part of Labour’s likely to be shortly published election manifesto.
If you wish to discuss any employment issues please contact Scott Sim on 0114 2721884