Thursday 23 August 2018 / 11:24 AM Brexit / Rebecca Long Bailey

By not allowing new European Works Councils to form the Tories are leaving British workers at a disadvantage – Long Bailey

Rebecca Long Bailey MP, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, commenting on the Government’s decision to scrap future European Works Councils if there is no Brexit deal, said:

“The Prime Minister has waxed lyrical about protecting workers’ hard-won rights after we leave the EU. However, as is typical with this Tory Government, it was nothing but meaningless empty rhetoric.

“By not allowing new European Works Councils to form, nor having a contingency plan to replace them, the Tories are leaving British workers at a disadvantage compared to their EU colleagues. Leaving workers out of the loop and out of negotiations with management about pay or their terms and conditions.

“After eight years of crippling Tory austerity, workers are forced to work in increasingly precarious conditions. A no deal Brexit would be bad enough, but the absence of contingency plans on vital issues such as workers’ rights will only make things worse for workers and our economy as a whole.

“Labour will protect workers and their hard-won rights, reject ‘no deal’ as a viable option and negotiate transitional arrangements to avoid a ‘cliff-edge’ for the UK economy and workers.”