Labour releases updated manifesto

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Ahead of the General Election on Thursday 4 July 2024, the Labour Party has released an updated manifesto, ‘Labour’s plan to make work pay – delivering a new deal for working people’.

This new plan, published on 24 May 2024, replaces their green paper, ‘A New Deal for Working People’, which was republished on their website on 1 January 2024.

This new plan makes numerous promises for workplace reform and includes the following:

·        Day one rights: Remove qualifying periods for basic rights like unfair dismissal, sick pay, and parental leave so they become day one rights.

·        Single status of ‘worker’: Remove current distinction between employees and workers so that all workers are afforded same basic rights and protections e.g. sick pay, holiday pay, parental leave, protection against unfair dismissal etc.

·        Strengthen rights: Strengthen existing rights and protections, including for pregnant workers, whistle-blowers, workers made redundant, workers subject to TUPE processes and those making grievances; reinstate School Support Staff Negotiating Body; encourage employers to sign up to “Dying to work” charter to support workers with a terminal illness.

·        Self-employment: Be given a right to a written contract.

·        Raise wages for workers: Remove age bandings used in current system; reform role of the Low Pay Commission including requiring them to take cost of living into consideration when recommending rates; ensure travel time in sectors with multiple working sites is paid; act on ‘sleep over’ hours in sectors like social care; ban certain unpaid internships; create Fair Pay Agreements in adult social care; ban unpaid internships except as part of education/training course.

·        Sick pay: Strengthen statutory sick pay (SSP), make it available for all workers and remove the waiting period. Rate to represent fair earnings replacement.

·        Tips: Strengthen the law to ensure hospitality workers receive their tips in full and workers decide how tips are allocated.

·        Close pay gaps: Publication of ethnicity and disability pay gaps to be mandatory for firms with more than 250 staff.

·        Tackle harassment: Require employers to create and maintain workplaces and working conditions free from harassment, including by third parties.

·        Flexible working: Making flexible working the default from day one for all workers except where it is not reasonably feasible.

·        Family Friendly: Make parental leave a day one right; introduce right to bereavement leave; make it unlawful to dismiss pregnant employees for six months after return from maternity leave except in specific circumstances.

·        Caring responsibilities: Review implementation of carer’s leave and examine benefits of introducing paid carer’s leave.

·        Zero-hours contracts: Ban ‘one sided’ flexibility; anyone working regular hours for 12 weeks or more will gain right to a regular contract to reflect hours worked; all workers to get reasonable notice of any change in shifts or working time, recompense for cancelled shifts.

·        Fire and rehire: Improve information and consultation procedures by replacing statutory code of practice introduced by current Government with a stronger one; adapt unfair dismissal and redundancy legislation to prevent workers being dismissed for not agreeing to a worse contract.

·        Wellbeing: Support wellbeing of workers and their long term physical and mental health, assess whether existing regulations and guidance is adequate to support and protect those experiencing the symptoms of long Covid.

·        Menopause: Require large employers with more than 250 employees to produce Menopause Action Plans.

·        Right to switch off: Introduce a new right to disconnect and protect workers from remote surveillance.

·        Artificial Intelligence: Work with workers, trade unions, employers and experts to examine what AI and new technologies mean for work, jobs and skills.

·        Update trade union laws: Strengthen trade union right of entry to workplaces; simplify process of union recognition; strengthen protections for trade union reps; new duty on employers to inform workforce of right to join a union in their written contract.

·        Enforcement rights: Extend time limit for bringing Employment Tribunal claims to six months; simplify enforcement of equal pay; establish a single enforcement body to enforce worker rights.

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