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Brexit workers rights

Brexit workers rights

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Ministers promised to protect our rights after the Brexit vote, and transfer all EU worker protections into British law. But the Government is making a u-turn after succumbing to corporate lobbyists.

The Government's commitment to replicate EU employment rights is now so watered down it will only promise to protect us "wherever practical". 

Before they go further down this road, we need to make a stand to make sure workers' rights aren't put at risk by Brexit.

Tell Theresa May - Guarantee all workers' rights won't be lost by Brexit

The upcoming "Great Repeal Bill" will temporarily bring EU regulations into British law so they can be kept or repealed later. But because so many of our protections on employment, privacy and the environment are included, it will be a hugely complex procedure to decide which ones our Government want to keep.

Already, some Brexit-leaning MPs, influenced by their links to corporate lobbyists, are calling for the process to be sped up, and for a 5 year "sunset clause" to be included in the Bill - this means any protections that aren't explicitly agreed after 5 years will automatically disappear.

Workers are given a raft of protections under EU laws. Maternity leave, equal pay and job guarantees during mergers are all provided by EU regulations, and they are all things that big business wants to get rid of.

If left to their own devices big business has the money and access to make Brexit a disaster for workers’ rights. Let’s make our voices heard before they go too far.

Tell Theresa May - Guarantee all workers' rights won't be lost by Brexit

When she came into office Theresa May said she would protect employment rights. So far the Government has failed to take serious action on behalf of workers. Tribunal fees have led to 73% fewer unfair dismissal claims, self-employed people are earning less than 20 years ago, and the number of zero hour contracts is skyrocketing.

But SumOfUs members are already leading the fight to protect workers’ rights. Just last month almost 60,000 of us signed a petition opposing plans that would force companies to publish lists of their foreign workers, and we organised 100 small businesses to sign on to an open letter protesting the policy in the Telegraph. Within a few days the Government dropped its plans. 

Let's stand together once again to ensure all workers are protected for the future. 

Tell Theresa May - Guarantee all workers' rights won't be lost by Brexit

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