Wednesday, 6 July 2016

TUC petition to protect British workers' rights

I saw this important TUC petition on Care2 today and think it is vital as many of us sign it as possible before the post-Brexit Tory government begins dismantling the hard-won workers' rights we enjoyed as a result of EU membership. I already talked about this briefly when trying to encourage readers to vote and it is so important that these basic working rights remain enshrined in our laws. Having not so long ago visited Tolpuddle and learned of this historic struggle to even form workers' unions, it is essential that we support organisations such as the TUC now.

The TUC says:

"Many vital rights at work in the UK are derived from EU law, guaranteeing things like paid leave entitlements, protections from being forced to work excessive hours, discrimination protections and rights for working mums to be.

Following the UK vote to leave the European Union, Parliament will decide what happens to these rights. Prominent leave campaigners have called for a halving of regulations derived from EU law, or flexibility in interpreting rights, claiming that British business would benefit from a reduction in "red tape".

What they call "red tape" is really rights and protections that are valued by millions of working people. Attempts to cut these rights, or to limit the range of workers they apply to (for example exempting staff of small businesses or temporary workers), would cause great harm to fairness at work and to working people's living standards. Bad bosses would waste no time in taking advantage, and over time we would all lose, as business joins in a race to the bottom.

We need to keep a close focus on our MPs as they start to debate what happens to our rights at work, and hold them to account, whether they backed leave or remain. Please sign our petition, and call on MPs to commit publicly not to vote for any reduction in British workers' rights, or restriction on their applicability, when interpreting EU law into post-Brexit UK law."

Please sign the petition

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