United Kingdom - Will government be able to protect workers’ rights after Brexit? - March 31, 2019

Government has stated that after the Brexit the standards of workers’ rights will not deteriorate from as they currently are under EU laws. In order to ensure this any new legislation changing those laws will be assessed as to whether they uphold this commitment. Furthermore parliament is to consider any future changes in the EU law that strengthen workers’ rights or workplace health and safety standards, and vote on whether they should be adopted into UK law. Proposals for a single labour market enforcement body will be brought forward in the coming months. The trade union movement is sceptical about these promises. According to the general secretary of the TUC government’s proposals come nowhere close to ensuring existing rights are protected. And they won’t stop workers’ rights in the UK from falling behind those in the rest of Europe.

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For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers or Sanne van der Gaag, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Willy De Backer wdebacker@etui.org © ETUI


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