STUC sees big battles ahead to protect employment rights post Brexit trade deal
Avoiding the precipice of a No Deal Brexit does not disguise the threats to workers’ rights STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said:
“There will no doubt be some relief that the UK Government, at the last turn, has made sufficient concessions to avoid a disastrous No Deal Brexit, however we still see major economic challenges in the period ahead.
“We await the detail, but what we do know is that the UK Government now has increased autonomy on the future of workers’ rights. It has also grabbed additional powers through the Internal Market Bill and is contemplating a Trade Bill with the US which could see reduced standards across a range of policy areas.
“This is a right-wing Tory Government which is no friend of working people. Many within its ranks will seek to limit workplace rights in the period ahead. But that is a battle we are ready for. The past nine months has shown just how vitally important it is to have workplace protections in place and to have trade union freedom. These are rights and freedoms will fight for and campaign to extend.”