Abour’s deputy leader has assured unions that the party will give workers a host of new rights if it wins the next general election and has given a “non-binding commitment” about what will happen within 100 days of taking office.
Angela Rayner unveiled Labour’s proposed new workers’ deal and received a standing ovation after addressing the TUC Congress on Tuesday.
She told delegates she had a message: that a Labor government would build an economy that would benefit workers through the promised New Deal.
Labour’s New Deal for working people will transform the lives of ordinary working people
“The Labor Party will begin introducing a workplace rights bill to legislate this within the first 100 days of taking office. This is an ironclad commitment,” she said.
“Labour’s New Deal for working people will transform the lives of ordinary working people.
“Work will finally pay, rights will be properly enforced and, above all, it will strengthen the role of unions in our society.”
It outlined plans to update union laws, ban blacklists, give unions a new legal right to access workplaces, make it easier to recruit and represent workers, and enable electronic voting.
Ms Rayner – a former social worker – also announced there would be a “fair pay agreement” for workers in adult care, which she said would make a big difference for low earners in the sector.
Labor also supports an investigation into the violent events in Orgreave during the miners’ strike.
Ms Rayner added: “We will introduce a decent living wage that people can actually live on.”
“The state will take a more strategic and active role in our economy, fixing Britain’s broken labor market and giving businesses the confidence they need to reinvest in our infrastructure and our people.”
She called on unions to stand with Labor in the run-up to the election and fight “side by side”.
TUC general secretary Paul Nowak said: “Angela Rayner has set out a vision for a Britain that delivers for working people.
“Labour’s transformative New Deal for working people stands in stark contrast to the Tories’ poor record on workers’ rights and wages.
The country urgently needs a new beginning. British voters across the political spectrum want greater security and fairer treatment in the workplace
“Having experienced an explosion in job insecurity and the longest wage shortage in modern history, the Conservatives are now launching an all-out attack on the right to strike.
“The country urgently needs a new beginning.
“British voters across the political spectrum want greater security and fairer treatment in the workplace.
“Make no mistake – implementation of the New Deal would be the greatest improvement in workers’ rights in a generation.”
https://www.standard.co.uk/business/business-news/angela-rayner-pledges-labour-will-give-unions-new-rights-b1106463.html Angela Rayner promises Labor will give unions new rights