Labour’s Plan to Make Work Pay: Delivering A New Deal for Working People

Labour’s Plan to Make Work Pay: Delivering A New Deal for Working People

Under the Conservatives we have seen a lost decade when it comes to the world of work. Too many people are unable to get jobs you can raise a family on, while businesses are unable to retain the workers they need to grow.

The Government has failed to get to grips with the challenges Britain faces or update employment protections so they are fit for the modern economy and ready for the future of work.

That failure has cost Britain’s workers and businesses dearly, with more and more people drawn into insecure work and good employers being undercut in an uneven playing field.   

The Tories have taken Britain down the path of managed decline and overseen the worst strike disruption in decades. After years of chaos, the Tories have left behind a broken labour market and an economy marked by dire productivity, insecurity and low pay. They have attacked trade unions and disrespected business, creating a division and conflict that has harmed working people and the economy.

It’s time for change.

Rather than division and decline, Labour will offer people the hope that comes from a long-term plan, working with employers and workers to get Britain moving forward. From now until the General Election, we’ll show how our plans will be turned into a reality benefiting those who contribute to our economy. We will bring in a new partnership with business and trade unions to turn the page on 14 years of failure.

Labour’s New Deal for Working People is our plan to make work pay. It’s how we’ll boost wages, make work more secure and support working people to thrive – delivering a genuine living wage, banning exploitative zero hour contracts, and ending fire and rehire.

Labour will back working people to take their voice back, improve their terms and conditions and ensuring protections at work are fit for the world today. While the Tories have failed to take on those who exploit Britain’s workers, we’ll deliver the biggest upgrade to rights at work for a generation.

Too much time has been lost already, so we will hit the ground running and introduce legislation within 100 days of entering government. We will consult fully with businesses, workers and civil society on how to put our plans into practice before legislation is passed.  

As the party of working people, Labour is committed to creating jobs that provide security, treat workers fairly, and pay a decent wage. Our New Deal is core to our mission for growth, raising living standards in every part of the country. Because creating well-paid jobs across all parts of our country is what it takes to rebalance our country.

Modernising the world of work will raise standards and tackle undercutting, so businesses are empowered to compete in a race to the top. 

By boosting incomes, ensuring workplace rights are fit for a modern economy and tackling insecure work, we’ll increase productivity and create the right conditions for sustained economic growth. 

We will also learn from countries around the world that are looking to boost worker voice in response to economic challenges. Economists across the board also recognise the vital role that workers’ voices and unions have in delivering a strong economy and rising living standards.

Labour’s New Deal will ensure more people stay in work, make work more family-friendly and improve living standards, putting more money in working people’s pockets to spend, boosting economic growth, resilience and conditions for innovation. Stronger trade unions and collective bargaining will be key to tackling problems of insecurity, inequality, discrimination, enforcement and low pay.

The last Labour government lifted basic minimum rights in the workplace by introducing the National Minimum Wage, the 48-hour working week, 28-days paid holiday, parental leave, and greater protection from unfair dismissal. The Tories opposed every one of them. 

But today they are the cornerstone of our working lives. Labour, working with businesses and trade unions, has transformed the world of work before, and we can do so again. A step change is needed in how working people exercise control over their working lives, and businesses need urgent action to address our poor productivity.

These dual challenges require a Government that can face the future, empower working people and back businesses to modernise. It is clear only Labour can make Britain work for working people once again.