Cor­byn plot to drag uk back to the 70s

On day job­less hit low­est level for 45 years and wages went up AGAIN...

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Daniel Martin Pol­icy Ed­i­tor

LABOUR was ac­cused last night of try­ing to take Bri­tain back to the 1970s with plans to mas­sively boost union power.

Jeremy Cor­byn said he wanted to give state of­fi­cials the right to en­ter work­places and pros­e­cute bosses. The worst of­fend­ers could even be sent to prison.

The Labour leader told the TUC he would de­liver the big­gest ex­ten­sion of work­ers’ rights ever seen if he won the next gen­eral elec­tion.

Zero-hours con­tracts would be banned and a work­ers’ pro­tec­tion agency set up to rein in ‘bad’ em­ploy­ers.

The rad­i­cal plans were un­veiled as of­fi­cial fig­ures showed that wages are grow­ing at their fastest for a decade and un­em­ploy­ment is at its low­est level since 1974.

Mr Cor­byn pledged to re­vive col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing, a pol­icy

that once led to wide­spread in­dus­trial strife. The To­ries said that Labour’s plans would mean a re­turn to the wild­cat strikes and fly­ing pick­ets of the 1970s.

Busi­ness chiefs at the CBI warned the rad­i­cal pro­pos­als would dam­age the econ­omy.

The row came as Union fire­brand Len McCluskey warned Boris John­son that work­ers were ‘com­ing for you’ to achieve bet­ter pay and con­di­tions.

Speak­ing to the TUC con­fer­ence in Brighton yes­ter­day, Mr Cor­byn com­pared com­pany bosses to ‘dic­ta­tors’. He said: ‘ Why should democ­racy end when you walk into work? Why should the place where you spend most of your day some­times feel like a dic­ta­tor­ship?

‘In the next few weeks the Es­tab­lish­ment will come af­ter us with all they’ve got, be­cause they know we’re not afraid to take them on.

‘We’re go­ing af­ter the tax avoiders. We’re go­ing af­ter the bad em­ploy­ers. We’re go­ing af­ter the dodgy land­lords. We’re go­ing af­ter the big pol­luters de­stroy­ing our cli­mate. Be­cause we know whose side we’re on.’

Mr Cor­byn said Labour’s pro­posed min­istry for em­ploy­ment rights, headed by a Cab­i­net min­is­ter, would be re­spon­si­ble for de­liv­er­ing a huge ex­pan­sion of in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive rights at work.

The work­ers’ pro­tec­tion agency would be tasked with en­forc­ing the law and en­sur­ing that all em­ploy­ees re­ceive the proper

‘Rights and pro­tec­tions’

rights and pro­tec­tions.

It would be given wide-rang­ing pow­ers to in­spect work­places and bring pros­e­cu­tions and civil ac­tions on be­half of staff. There would be tougher penal­ties for de­fy­ing court or­ders.

a Labour gov­ern­ment would also in­tro­duce col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing across in­dus­trial sec­tors by es­tab­lish­ing coun­cils of worker and em­ployer rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The coun­cils would guar­an­tee le­gal min­i­mum re­quire­ments on pay, work­ing hours, re­cruit­ment and griev­ance pro­cesses.

Mr Cor­byn wants to re­peal the 2016 Trade Union act, which stops many unions from go­ing on strike un­less a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of work­ers take part in bal­lots.

Elec­tronic and work­place bal­lots would make it eas­ier to or­gan­ise strikes, and there will be greater pro­tec­tion for union rep­re­sen­ta­tives against un­fair dis­missal.

Unions will also be given the right of en­try to work­places to or­gan­ise and rep­re­sent mem­bers.

Labour promised an end to rules that al­low em­ploy­ers to pay agency work­ers less than reg­u­lar staff for the same work.

Bosses will be forced to bring in gen­der pay au­dits and al­low their staff to work flex­i­bly.

a liv­ing wage of £10 an hour for all work­ers aged 16 and over would be in­tro­duced, and un­paid in­tern­ships would be banned.

Mr Cor­byn told the TUC: ‘The next Labour gov­ern­ment will bring about the big­gest ex­ten­sion of rights for work­ers that our coun­try has ever seen. We will put power in the hands of work­ers. Labour is on the side of the peo­ple in the real bat­tle against the born-to-rule Es­tab­lish­ment that John­son rep­re­sents.’

In his speech, Mr Cor­byn con­firmed plans to put work­ers on com­pany boards and give ten­ants more rights in­clud­ing a cap on rents. He added: ‘We’ll bring rail, mail, wa­ter and the na­tional grid into pub­lic own­er­ship, so the es­sen­tial util­i­ties that peo­ple rely on are run by and for the pub­lic.’

Paul Scully, deputy chair­man of the Con­ser­va­tive Party, said Mr Cor­byn would wreck the econ­omy and let mil­i­tant union barons hold the coun­try to ran­som.

He added: ‘Ev­ery Labour gov­ern­ment leaves more peo­ple out of work. Un­der the Con­ser­va­tives, we’ve seen un­em­ploy­ment fall­ing to a record low and wages ris­ing for work­ing peo­ple.’

Josh Hardie, deputy di­rec­tor­gen­eral of the CBI, said: ‘ These pro­pos­als, made in iso­la­tion from busi­ness, look set to turn back the clock decades. They fail to re­flect the re­al­ity in work­places around the coun­try.

‘The vast ma­jor­ity of firms thrive on strong em­ployee en­gage­ment, in­vest in train­ing and pri­ori­tise well­be­ing. They sup­port jobs, sus­tain­able wage rises and en­force­ment of em­ploy­ment law.’

‘a fun­da­men­tal re-write of reg­u­la­tion is the last thing the econ­omy needs right now. Sig­nalling wide­spread re­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion wil­fully ig­nores the many strengths that firms bring to the de­liv­ery of high­qual­ity pub­lic ser­vices, in­clud­ing vi­tal in­vest­ment and in­no­va­tion.’

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