The Government’s has today set out its new proposals on post-Brexit workers’ rights, which have already been condemned as “meaningless” by the GMB trade union.
Commenting on the Government’s plans, Gareth Thomas MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“The Government have offered the trade unions next to nothing – or maybe even less than nothing – in the hope of securing their support for a Brexit deal. But it is a Brexit that trade unionists know will leave us worse off.
“If the new labour market body takes over the roles of the Low Pay Commission and ACAS then two of the historic gains of the Labour Movement – a statutory body dedicated to abolishing unfair low pay and a body working to secure effective trade union negotiations – will disappear.
“No trade unionist would ever accept the paper promises of ministers in this Government, which has spent all its time in office up to now trying to weaken unions and cripple their ability to deliver for their members, without at least putting it back to their members for a final say.
“We now know that Brexit will leave working people worse off, it’s only fair to demand working people are involved - not ignored – in this decision.
“That’s why thousands of trade unionists will be joining our demonstration on March 23rd – now it is the time to put it to the people and demand our right to have a real say on our future.”