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Now is not the time to roll back hard won workers rights

15th January 2021

Reports have emerged in the Financial Times on Friday 15th January 2021 that workers rights would be ripped up under plans being drawn up by the government as part of a post-Brexit overhaul of UK labour markets.

Responding to the reports Roy Rickhuss CBE, General Secretary of Community, said:

“We are deeply concerned by the reports in today’s Financial Times of plans for a rollback on worker’s protections, including the suggestion of an end to the 48-hour working week that is enshrined in European Union law. These provisions enable working people to maintain balance in their lives, and help protect against exploitation.

This government made promises that working people should not be concerned about their rights at work after our exit from the European Union. They must not break their promise to the British people.

At a time of deep economic anxiety when people across the country are concerned about their futures, the government should be focussed on securing jobs and livelihoods, not rolling back our hard won rights.

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