Lewisham trade unionists have been on the march. The Trade Union Council, TUC, co-ordinated a march and rally on Saturday, 18th June 2022 where tens of thousands took to the streets of central London to ‘Demand Better’. TUC General Secretary, Frances O’ Grady said that the pressures facing households are getting worse. It now costs more than £100 to fill a family car, with many low-paid workers unable to drive to work. Energy bills are set to rise 23 times faster than wages. And next year, the influential OECD think tank forecasts zero growth for the UK economy
Helen Pearce, Director, Labour Unions has said: “Working people have had enough. That’s why unions are taking action, why we hit the streets last weekend, and it’s why we need a Labour Government. Labour’s New Deal for Working People is a plan to raise wages and put power back in to the hands of working people. Drawn up in partnership with affiliated unions, the New Deal is a comprehensive plan to improve the lives of working people by strengthening individual and collective rights, and by introducing Fair Pay Agreements to drive up pay and conditions for all workers.”
Labour’s New Deal for Working People was launched by Deputy Leader Angela Rayner at Labour Conference 2021 and drawn up in partnership with Labour’s affiliated unions, it is a comprehensive plan to improve the lives of working people by strengthening individual and collective rights.
Labour’s Leader, Keir Starmer has promised that a Labour Government will write this plan into law within 100 days of taking office.
It includes the following commitments:
•Labour will strengthen rights at work for all workers, from day one on the job.
•Labour will end fire and rehire.
•Labour will make work more family-friendly, and make it easier to balance work with home, community and family life.
•Labour will ban zero-hours contracts and ensure everyone has the right to regular hours they can rely on.
•Labour will strengthen trade union rights, raising pay and conditions.
•Labour will bring in Fair Pay Agreements to drive up pay and conditions for all workers, using sectoral collective bargaining.
•Labour says work will be more secure and better-paid, and unions and individuals will have stronger rights to redress the power imbalance in the workplace.
Read the Labour Party’s promises in full below:New-Deal-for-Working-People-Employment-Rights-Green-Paper-2021
The Labour Party has a proud history of being the party of working people, for working people. It must honour this collective agreement and campaign for these policies. We are at a crossroads and the question on everyone’s lips is ‘Whose side are you on?’