Paddy Lillis – Usdaw General Secretary says:
“Today Jeremy Corbyn set out policies and priorities for the next Labour government, clearly demonstrating that only Labour will deliver for working people who have suffered greatly under 9 years on Conservative-led governments.
“Labour’s proposed Ministry for Employment Rights will ensure that the agenda for change will go throughout a term of office and beyond simply delivering a list promises in a manifesto. The promise of improved trade union access to workers and extending collective bargaining will help level the playing field and prevent rogue employers undercutting their competitors and give workers a real choice to join a trade union.
“The promise of an immediate pay rise for all low-paid workers, with Labour pledged to at least £10 per hour, is very welcome. That, as well as ending zero-hours contracts delivers on aims of Usdaw’s ‘Time for Better Pay’ campaign.
“Only Labour will deliver for working people and we need a general election, after we are safe from a deeply damaging ‘no deal’ Brexit, to get them into power. However, even with a Labour government delivering new workers’ rights, Jeremy was right to urge workers to join a trade union to ensure those rights are enforced.”
Notes for editors:
Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)
is the UK's fifth biggest and the fastest growing trade union with over 410,000 members. Membership has increased by more than one-third over the last couple of decades. Most Usdaw members work in the retail sector, but the union also has many members in transport, distribution, food manufacturing, chemicals and other trades.
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