Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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On 19th May Labour launched Workplace 2020, which will be at the heart of how Labour is going to develop our alternative for the workforce of the 21st century

Instead of David Cameron’s Agency Britain, with its zero hours contracts, insecurity and wage undercutting, we will be engaging with workers and employers to shape the policies that will deliver the high quality jobs of the future.

Instead of a race to the bottom in jobs, pay and workplace rights, we will be shaping a different approach for the 2020s: based on a full-employment, high-skilled workforce, with decent pay, rights for employed and self-employed, and a voice at work through collective bargaining.

That’s the basis for a new business settlement in the economy of the future, one that benefits both workers and employers – and break with the low-pay, low-investment, low-productivity record of Tory Britain.  

 

Why are we starting this discussion?

 

The world of work has seen major changes in the last few decades. The UK is one of the most unequal modern economies. Those at the top earn very high incomes, but six million workers earn less than the official UK living wage. The share of wages in our national wealth has fallen sharply and rewards need to be shared more evenly.

 

Digital technology and robots are transforming the workplace and globalisation is changing where jobs are based and where workers are in demand.

 

The UK has the most restrictive trade union laws in Europe and the number of workers belonging to a trade union has halved in the past generation. Work has become increasingly insecure for many people.

 

Employers want to play their part in successful workplaces and we must ensure that those employers who do the right thing are not disadvantaged or undercut by less scrupulous employers.

 

We want to showcase good employment practices and actively demonstrate that successful businesses go hand-in-hand with good employee relations.

 

We want to make sure everyone has a voice and this is why we will be speaking to as many people as possible to ensure Labour’s workplace policies will work for everyone.

After the EU referendum we will be reaching out to people across Britain to hear their views.

 

Launch of 'Workplace 2020'

On 19th May Labour launched Workplace 2020, which will be at the heart of how Labour is going to develop our alternative for the workforce of the 21st century. 

powerto_the_bump.JPGAs part of their ongoing work to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched #powertothebump, a digital campaign to help young expectant and new mums understand and use their rights at work. 

Their research shows that young mothers are significantly more likely to experience pregnancy and maternity discrimination, with six times as many under 25 year olds reporting being dismissed from their jobs after they tell their employer they are pregnant.

You can find details of the campaign here

The Commission developed the project drawing on the expertise of partners including The Young Women’s Trust, Fawcett Society, Maternity Action, The Royal College of Midwives and the TUC. It is based on the insight and feedback that shows young women have lower awareness of their rights, were typically in less stable employment situations, and were worried or lacked confidence to talk to their manager about things that were troubling them – and so felt under pressure to hand in their notice or leave their job rather than raise these issues.

 

Power to the bump

As part of their ongoing work to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched #powertothebump, a digital campaign to help young expectant and new...

Whatever claims David Cameron is trying to make about the Queen’s Speech he can’t hide from the truth. The record of his Tory Government is one of undermining social justice and standing up for the wrong people and this Queen’s Speech showed no sign of a different approach.

Under Jeremy Hunt the NHS is falling into crisis. Tory cuts to social care are piling even more pressure onto our NHS. Patients are suffering longer waits with over three million people on the English waiting list. It is harder to see your GP, and hospitals are understaffed and facing financial crisis.

Under George Osbourne the economy is fragile. He has failed to address the fundamental weaknesses in our economy: productivity, lack of investment in skills and infrastructure. He has failed to support key industries like construction and manufacturing, and failed to tackle regional inequalities.

Under David Cameron the housing crisis is showing no signs of improvement. In fact it is getting worse. Rents are soaring, home ownership is falling every year, and house-building is at its lowest peacetime rate since the 1920s.

Labour’s fresh approach would be to deliver a Queen’s Speech which builds an economy that works for all and protects the public services we rely on. An economy that delivers prosperity and security not just for those at the top. We would get the deficit down fairly and invest to create a modern economy that delivers long term growth. Our Queen’s Speech would have at its heart the NHS, plans to invest and join up services from home to hospital with a properly integrated health and social care service. It would address the housing crisis and show how we would support working people by investing in new affordable homes to rent and buy.

The Queen's Speech - Labour reaction

Whatever claims David Cameron is trying to make about the Queen’s Speech he can’t hide from the truth. The record of his Tory Government is one of undermining social justice...


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