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Labour Proposal for Ministry for Employment Rights and Workers' Protection Agency

10 September 2019

Scott Sim

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