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All change ahead as Labour announce plans to "put power in the hands of workers"?

Corbyn and Pidcock announce Ministry for Employment Rights and Workers’ Protection Agency to “put power in the hands of workers” not the “born-to-rule establishment”.

Proposed changes to Individual rights at work include:

  • Fixing the problem of different categories of workers with different rights by creating a single status of ‘worker’ for everyone apart from those genuinely self-employed

  • Ending the so-called “Swedish derogation” which permits employers to pay agency workers less than regular staff for the same work

  • The introduction of a civil enforcement system to ensure compliance with gender pay auditing

  • Giving all workers the right to seek flexible working, and placing a duty on the employer to accommodate the request

  • A statutory Real Living Wage of £10 per hour by 2020 for all workers aged 16 or over

  • Banning unpaid internships

  • Banning zero hours contracts by requiring employers to give all workers a contract that accurately reflects their fixed and regular hours

Obviously the changes would only come into force if Labour were elected and formed a government.

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