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The General Election – It’s about you, at work

This election will have a big impact on our working lives. Whoever wins, they will be taking decisions that will affect you at work.

The Tories’ record is a worrying one. After 9 years of Tory government, our jobs are less secure and our wages don’t go as far. As trade unionists it has been made harder for us to work together to represent members and improve our lives at work, because of unnecessary and unfair new laws.
 
But on 12 December, you get to have your say.
 
Labour is offering real change for working people. Change that will make a positive difference to the lives of Usdaw members and their families:
 

Job Security
 
  • Everyone will have the full protection of employment rights from day one of their job, on more qualifying periods and no more waiting two years until you are protected against unfair dismissal.
  • There will be a new legal right to be consulted on the introduction of new technology in your workplace, crucial to preventing the negative impact of automation in our sectors.
  • Labour will ban zero hours’ contracts.
  • There will be a new Worker Protection Agency with the power to properly enforce your rights.
 
Financial Security
 
  • A new minimum wage of £10 per hour for all workers from age 16.
  • A legal right to a contract reflecting your normal working hours bringing an end to contracts with 10 hours on paper but where you are regularly expected to work 20 or more.
  • A requirement that all breaks during your shifts are paid.
  • Requiring that cancelled shifts are paid and proper notice is given for changes in hours.
 
Support for you when you need it
 
  • Extending Statutory Maternity Pay from 9 months’ pay to 12 months.
  • Doubling paternity leave from two weeks to four and increasing statutory paternity pay.
  • Introducing statutory bereavement leave, meaning that if you lose a close family member or suffer a miscarriage, you will have guaranteed time off work to grieve.
 
Legal Protection
 
  • Delivering the change we call for in our Freedom From Fear campaign; proper legal protections for public-facing workers who are abused or assaulted whilst going about their jobs.  Abuse and violence should never be accepted as ‘just part of the job’.
  • Simplify the law around trade union recognition to ensure that workers can have their voice heard through a recognised trade union.
  • A commitment to protect the current compromise around Sunday trading with no extension to trading hours.
 
On 12 December, vote Labour for all of this and so much more.
 
Together we can change our working lives for the better.


Promoted by Paddy Lillis, General Secretary on behalf of Usdaw, 188 Wilmslow Road, Manchester M14 6LJ

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