Kwarteng gives up plan to cut workers’ rights post-Brexit

Last Updated: January 28, 2021By Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Kwasi Kwarteng: “We’re not interested in watering down workers’ rights.”

It seems Kwasi Kwarteng has been shamed into giving up on a review of UK workers’ rights post-Brexit that could have significantly reduced the living standards of millions of people.

Only last week, the Business Secretary confirmed that he was consulting businesses in plans that could include an end to the 48-hour maximum working week, changes to rules about breaks at work, and the removal of in-work benefits.

But he told Robert Peston yesterday (January 27):

“The review is no longer happening within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). I made it very very clear to officials in the department that we’re not interested in watering down workers’ rights.

“I can’t have been more clear about this on a number of occasions. I’ve said repeatedly that Brexit gives us the opportunity to have higher standards and a higher growth economy and that’s what officials in the department are 100% focused on.”

Was he shamed into this u-turn?

This Site and many others recently reminded Kwarteng that he is a co-author of the notorious collection of hard-right-wing Tory essays, Britannia Unchained.

The book dared to claim that British workers – the power behind the Industrial Revolution and a huge amount of progress that has changed the world – are lazy.

But Kwarteng and his fellow authors, including current Home Secretary Priti Patel, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, and Queen of Cheese Liz Truss, were found to be among the laziest MPs in Parliament at the time, with some of the worst attendance records.

This change of plan comes after the union Unite struck a deal with British Airways to end the despicable practice of “fire and re-hire” – forcing workers out of their jobs in order to make them re-apply for the same work at lower pay and with worse working conditions.

It is another great victory for working people at a time when Tories might expect to be able to get away with anything.

Source: Review of UK workers’ rights post-Brexit is axed in sudden U-turn | Kwasi Kwarteng | The Guardian

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  1. Gerry Conroy January 29, 2021 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Sorry Mike but he is just using semantics, what he said was thae the review wouldn’t be carried out in his department! this does not mean it won’t be carried out elsewhere and we know from bitter experience what this shower of s**t are capableof !!

    • Mike Sivier January 29, 2021 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      Yes, that has occurred to me (after I published) too.

  2. Todd Mondragon February 1, 2021 at 8:13 am - Reply

    And we know that he will just have someone else do it in another department and act surprised and promise a review when he “discovers” the act is completed.
    Same old BS from the same tired useless politicians, these shock me less than watching the country willingly pull the wool over its own eyes when these creatures speak.

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