20 Labour pledges for workers – Ian Lavery

Ian Lavery, Labour Party National Elections and Campaign Coordinator

I am happy that the Labour Party is still funded mostly by trade unions. The role unions have played in funding Labour since its inception has been under attack from the government through the Lobbying bill and subsequent legislation. The Conservatives have unleashed a rolling programme of attacks on working class people, of which the attack on trade unions is only part.

Our right as citizens to collective bargaining has been seriously undermined, and at the same time, the Conservatives have introduced draconian measures that punish working people on low pay, by the introduction of in-work sanctions to their in-work welfare support. However, it is now employers that have all of the power to set the terms and conditions of employment, not employees.

It’s important that voters are fully informed about the causes and interests a party is likely to represent in government. Labour has historically championed ordinary people’s rights. 

“Union money – the few pence freely given every week, by nurses, shop workers and truck drivers – is the cleanest cash in politics today,” Frances O’Grady has said.

“Whether unions set up a political fund is a matter for members, not ministers, because for too long, politics has been controlled by those who already have far too much money and far too much power. Half of the Conservative Party’s funding comes from the City.” 

O’Grady also accused the Tories of trying to discredit unions by calling them Labour’s “paymasters”.  The Conservatives’ paymasters on the other hand – people like capitalist Adrian Beecroft – who donate many thousands to the party, are undermining our rights in work, framing policies that are heavily weighted towards making big profits for big business, resulting in low pay and insecurity for employees. This reflects the interests of the few, not the many.

Here are a couple of articles which outline some of the reasons I proudly support trade unionism, which is fundamental to a functional democracy: The link between Trade Unionism and equality and Why I strongly support Trade Unionism. 

Ian Lavery got in touch with me yesterday, he said:

Last week Labour made 20 pledges to working people – from banning zero hour contracts, a £10 real Living Wage to scrapping the Trade Union Act, a Labour government will put working people first. 

I’m proud that Labour is standing on these pledges and I’ll be doing everything I can to ensure that people up and down the country hear the Labour alternative to Tory insecurity.

The next Labour government will bring in a 20 point plan for security and equality at work:

Give all workers equal rights from day one, whether part-time or full-time, temporary or permanent – so that all workers have the same rights and protections whatever kind of job they have.

Ban zero hours contracts – so that every worker gets a guaranteed number of hours each week

Ensure that any employer wishing to recruit labour from abroad does not undercut workers at home – because it causes divisions when one workforce is used against another

Repeal the Trade Union Act and roll out sectoral collective bargaining – because the most effective way to maintain good rights at work is through a trade union

Guarantee trade unions a right to access workplaces – so that unions can speak to members and potential members

Introduce four new Bank Holidays – we’ll bring our country together with new holidays to mark our four national patron saints’ days, so that workers in Britain get the same proper breaks as in other countries.

Raise the minimum wage to the level of the living wage (expected to be at least £10 per hour by 2020) – so that no one in work gets poverty pay

End the public sector pay cap – because public sector wages have fallen and our public sector workers deserve a pay rise

Amend the takeover code to ensure every takeover proposal has a clear plan in place to protect workers and pensioners – because workers shouldn’t suffer when a company is sold

Roll out maximum pay ratios – of 20:1 in the public sector and companies bidding for public contracts – because it cannot be right that wages at the top keep rising while everyone else’s stagnates

Ban unpaid internships – because it’s not fair for some to get a leg up when others can’t afford to

Enforce all workers’ rights to trade union representation at work – so that all workers can be supported when negotiating with their employer

Abolish employment tribunal fees – so that people have access to justice

Double paid paternity leave to four weeks and increase paternity pay – because fathers are parents too and deserve to spend more time with their new babies

Strengthen protections for women against unfair redundancy – because no one should be penalised for having children

Hold a public inquiry into blacklisting – to ensure that blacklisting truly becomes and remains a thing of the past

Give equalities reps statutory rights – so they have time to protect workers from discrimination

Reinstate protection against third party harassment – because everyone deserves to be safe at work

Use public spending power to drive up standards, including only awarding public contracts to companies which recognise trade unions

Introduce a civil enforcement system to ensure compliance with gender pay auditing– so that all workers have fair access to employment and promotion opportunities and are treated fairly at work

Like the sound of this? Then CLICK HERE to sign up and join me and campaign for a Labour government that will stand up for working people’s rights and their families.

Remember – if you have local or mayoral elections tomorrow, make sure you vote Labour – because we need Labour in our town halls too, to stand up for working people.

I hope to see you on the campaign trail.

Click here to read from source about Labour’s 20 pledges to working people

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8 thoughts on “20 Labour pledges for workers – Ian Lavery

  1. Hi Kitty it would have been good if he had included unsociable hours pay. I know people who are having to work Sunday’s and bank holidays without any extra pay, not even time in lieu. If that has to be negotiated at the time of getting a job then it could prove difficult.

    Also places like Sports Direct have got to stop the searching and banning of certain brands of clothing, if they want to do that, then they should introduce, And provide a suitable uniform! It is ridiculous when your underwear is searched in case it is a banned brand, this can also be a form of sexual harassment to those who just want to work in safety!!

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  2. But what year will the £10 living wage become the minimum will it be 2020? How much will the rates be before tax is paid? How much more tax will be paid above the zero rate? If the amount you earn before paying tax doesn’t rise but the amount of tax paid goes up say 5% people will be little or no better off than previously.

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    1. Labour have had a very progressive tax policy (since Miliband). That means the wealthiest will be taxed more but middle and low earners will be taxed less. Labour will also tackle tax evasion, as far too many very wealthy people and big businesses seem to think it’s ok to opt out of contributing to a society from which they have gained so much.

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  3. I can’t vote Labour because of their behaviour during our Independence Referendum in 2014. They supported the Tories who hardly showed face in Scotland since for the most part they are hated up here. The Labour Party was used by the Unionists who knew that Labour were trusted in Scotland but – no more! Alistair Darling, Gordon Brown and Jim Murphy peddled lies and made promises they were in no position to keep – eg. the Vow. I was, however, a Labour voter before this and detest the Tory party with a passion. Although Corbyn is, I know, a Unionist I would see him in No 10 before I would ever vote Tory and I welcome the pledges being made as moving in the right direction away from the ultra right wing policies of the Tories. I hope against hope that this could happen although I am not for one holding my breath since I do not trust voters in England to really look at the harm the Tory party has done to the UK over the last few years.

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    1. The Labour Party didn’t support the tories, they simply acted according to their principles of internationalism – something which is at the value core of most socialists.

      As someone living in England, I must say I sympathise wholly with your view on voters who don’t seem to consider the enormous importance of policy and social interests before making their mark on their ballot paper. Many don’t bother voting at all.

      I quite understand why Scottish people want their independence, yet it also saddens me, as I am also an internationalist.

      For the record, I trust Labour under Corbyn 110%, and their policies more generally are excellent, but as you point out, it’s down to the voters to pay attention, at the end of the day.

      All the best, Mary

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