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'Tory promise to safeguard workers rights after Brexit was a downright lie'


The Tories promised that workers’ rights would not be ripped up by Brexit.

This pledge was a key part of their appeal to voters in traditionally-Labour seats vital to keeping Boris Johnson in Number Ten.

As I expected, it has proved to be a downright lie.

Tory ministers are talking to business bosses about a bonfire of rights at work, especially safeguards brought in by Europe.

With the go-ahead from Downing Street, the Business Department is drawing up plans to scrap the 48-hour maximum week, slash breaks at work and exclude overtime from holiday pay calculation.

At first light, this package of so-called “liberalisation” measures, like relieving employers of the duty to log detailed daily reporting of working hours, may not seem very radical.



“It’s classic Tory”

But it is a classic Tory thin-end-of-the-wedge strategy. It’s not just what comes first, but what follows that really hammers rights at work.

Thatcher’s anti-union legislation was a salami-slicing exercise.

It took years before the shackles now in place got on to the statute book – where they largely remained under New Labour.

This is the first step on a similar, post-Europe road. The Tories are instinctively hostile to any improvement to life at work, especially if it comes from the EU.

 

It beggars belief that during the greatest health crisis for a century, during the deepest economic recession for 300 years, that this government can find the time and energy to chisel away at hard-won workers’ rights.

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But it shows that even in the nation’s greatest hour of need, the Tories will still put ideology before decency, and deceit before the honour of redeeming manifesto pledges to the electorate.

Employers are not clamouring for this sordid little package of measures.

What they’re crying out for right now is stability and consistency from a government that has delivered neither.

The Cabinet is not demanding that Johnson breaks his oath to maintain a “level playing field” with Europe.

They don’t even know what he’s up to. They’re not being consulted.

This is solely the work of a dirty-tricks premier. He ratted on his promise to save the fishing industry, and now they know it.

He promised Ulster’s naïve Democratic Unionists there would be no trade border, and now there is one across the Irish Sea, halting vital food imports from Britain.

He is intent on breaking his word to workers, and now we know it.





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