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TUC reacts to Conservative Party pledge to expand workers’ rights

Commenting on new Conservative Party proposals on workers’ rights, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: 

“This is a promising set of commitments from the Conservatives, though it’s clear that much more detail is needed.

“Before the election, the Conservatives must set out the protections they will offer gig economy workers, and confirm that workers will be able to speak for themselves on company boards. They should also clarify that they’re sticking to their 2020 target for the national living wage. 

“Working people have a right to know these details before they cast their votes.

“And while it's good to see the PM reaffirm her pledge to protect existing rights at work, she needs to ensure that British workers don’t miss out on future EU rights too.”

Notes to Editors:

  • The Conservative Party press release refers to “increase[ing] the National Living Wage in line with median earnings”. This year the NLW rose faster than median earnings, by 4.3% compared to projections for median earnings of 2-3%.
  • All TUC press releases can be found at tuc.org.uk/media
  • TUC Press Office on Twitter: @tucnews


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