Johnson says he’s not planning to scrap workers’ rights. Do you believe him?

Last Updated: January 15, 2021By Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Boris Johnson has insisted he is not planning a post-Brexit bonfire of UK workers’ rights, after the Financial Times reported on a meeting between him and business chiefs.

The report states that worker protections the Tories repeatedly promised to protect after the UK left the EU will be “ripped up”.

The paper claims the Tories are planning laws to slash holiday pay entitlements, bin rest breaks, and allow bosses to force you to work longer hours, among others.

Analysis by Evolve Politics states that

The secretive plans are also predicted to benefit wealthy bosses to the tune of billions whilst severely impacting the take-home pay of many ordinary workers.

Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband, on Twitter, got straight to the point:

What a relief to see that someone on Labour’s front bench seems to remember what his job is supposed to be. But what a shame that it comes after Miliband voted in favour of the Brexit deal that makes the alleged Tory plans possible.

Labour owns Brexit as much as the Tories do – with the exception of those who defied Keir Starmer’s whip and voted against it.

Johnson has denied everything – as might be expected.

According to the BBC,

A government spokesperson said: “We have absolutely no intention of lowering the standards of workers’ rights.

“The UK has one of the best workers’ rights records in the world, and it is well known that the UK goes further than the EU in many areas.

“Leaving the EU allows us to continue to be a standard setter and protect and enhance UK workers’ rights.”

But the report adds:

When the UK left the EU it retained many of its laws, but it is now able to change them.

In the 2019 Queen’s Speech outlining the government’s agenda for the coming parliamentary session, changes in employment law were promised.

A new Employment Bill is expected to be published in 2021.

It goes on to say that the Bill is expected to cover issues including the distribution of tips.

Considering the Johnson government’s track record, the best advice This Writer can give is that of Peter Stefanovic in the tweet below:

Source: Brexit: No plans to dilute workers’ rights, minister says – BBC News

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  1. El Dee January 15, 2021 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    When this happens, not if, it will mean billions saved by businesses operating in the UK which, if exporting to the EU, will allow them an unfair advantage. This SHOULD result in punitive tariffs for the UK.

    What I expect to happen is similar to the bill which allegedly ‘protects’ serving and former service personnel from legal actions but which ALSO prevents those people taking action against their employer. So, in other words, something presented as one thing but very much resulting in the opposite. It MAY be just enough to prevent tariffs though. I don’t see the EU having an immediate appetite to take action if the bill is as opaque as I think it might be. Something like additional rights for workers who qualify under certain conditions and very few for new employees but making it impossible to attain the conditions, for example. On paper an improvement, but one that no one benefits from.

    That’s assuming a level of intelligence in this government however, I may well be overestimating them. They have no compunction about flat out lies when signing treaties so why would they even attempt to hide their mendacity?

  2. Jeffrey Davies January 16, 2021 at 6:35 am - Reply

    He’s lied about everything else whot the difference between this and those he did lie about they said they wasn’t preparing a passport for having the innovation but one has been prepared so I see no difference more lies to come

  3. Rik January 18, 2021 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Well all I can say is I don’t bother watching PMQs anymore as so embarrassing
    I can imagine if/and/when this pandemic is almost over that the austerity which we’ve endured for more than a decade will triple… I hope I’m wrong but what else can these a***h***s do??

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