July 17, 2018

What’s wrong with expecting Ministers to know their brief?

  I want employment law and employment rights and protections to be made clearer and simpler. Today I asked the Minister, Claire Perry, whether the government would confirm its support for an EU Directive that adopts an EU wide definition of ‘worker’ and gives all workers the right to a statement from their employer setting out their employment terms and …

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May 22, 2018

Unfair Sainsbury’s Contract Changes: Joint Letter to Theresa May

I have joined a number of my Parliamentary colleagues in writing to the Prime Minister to ask that she stands up for the hardworking Sainsbury’s employees who are set to lose out because of unfair contract changes.  Under the proposed changes, all employees will lose their paid breaks, there will be widespread cuts to premium pay including a shortening of …

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November 14, 2017

Trade Bill Published

The Tories launched their Brexit Trade Bill last week. This is the legislation that will govern our trading relationship with other countries once we leave the European Union. This Bill would allow the Trade Secretary Liam Fox, to sign new trade deals, copy old ones and favour industries without having to put any of those deals before Parliament for them to be scrutinised and voted on. I …

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July 25, 2016

Attorney General Questions – July

Since the EU referendum result there has been a resounding silence from the Government on whether they will keep the workplace and employment protections that EU law has developed and underpinned in the UK for many years. Our right not to be discriminated against on grounds of race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief and age is there because of …

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April 19, 2016

Speaking Up for Low Paid Workers and Seafarers in the National Living Wage Debate

On Monday 18 April I took part in a debate on a motion relating to the Introduction of the National Living Wage and related changes to employee contracts. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following a bid from Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh. In February 2016 the Government announced that the minimum wage would be increased to a new ‘national living wage’. However, some …

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December 11, 2015

Call for a Debate on Exploitative Work Practices and the Failure of National Minimum Wage

On 10th December 2015 I called on Leader of the House of Commons Chris Grayling to have a debate in Government time on exploitative work practices and the failure of national minimum wage enforcement. This was prompted by a recent exposé by the Guardian on the exploitative work practices in Sports Direct. Warehouse staff at the group, which is controlled by Britain’s …

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December 4, 2015

Labour In for Britain

Labour will defend the rights of working people by campaigning to keep Britain in Europe. That was the message from Alan Johnson, who officially launched the Labour In for Britain campaign. Distinct from the cross party pro–EU campaign, Labour’s campaign calls for the UK to stay in the EU so we can protect working people and stand up for rights in …

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November 2, 2015

Trade Union Bill: End of Committee Stage

Last week the Committee Stage of the Tories’ Trade Union Bill drew to a close. Our Labour team listened as Tory Minister Nick Boles tried to present the Bill as an altruistic attempt to help modernise trade union practices. Well I’m afraid Nick, it didn’t work.

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October 29, 2015

Trade Union Bill: Committee Stage

Last Tuesday marked the beginning of the Committee Stage of the Trade Union Bill, which I have been selected to sit on. After the Second Reading debate of the bill before Conference over a month ago, this was round two in our fight of the battle of arguments against the Tories in the House of Commons. We were ready.

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