How will Labour’s 2019 manifesto policies make Britain’s low-pay capital a fairer place to live?
Labour’s pledges include:
- A Real Living Wage of at least £10 per hour for all workers. Around a third of workers in Yorkshire are currently paid less than that – half a million in the region stand to benefit.
- Many workers are self-employed. This can bring freedom and autonomy, but also insecurity. A tranche of Labour policies will help self-employed people: free childcare, free full-fibre broadband, lending through our Post Bank, income protection insurance schemes and better access to mortgages and pension schemes. We will tackle late payments that leave small businesses and the self-employed waiting months to be paid, and ban late-payers from public procurement.
- Labour will end bogus self-employment and create a single status of ‘worker’ for everyone except the genuinely self-employed. This means that employers cannot evade workers’ rights. We will also ban overseas-only recruitment practices.
- A ban on zero-hour contracts and strengthening the law so that those who work regular hours for more than 12 weeks will have a right to a regular contract.
- Workers in the UK put in some of the longest hours in Europe. Labour will tackle excessive working hours. Within a decade we will reduce average full-time weekly working hours to 32 across the economy, with no loss of pay, funded by productivity increases.
- Social justice includes levelling the playing field between small and big business. Small businesses are the heartbeat of the local economy in Scarborough and Whitby. But the upper echelons of corporate Britain have been corrupted by a short-term culture that sees treasured companies asset-stripped, leaving workers, small business suppliers and pensioners in the lurch. Too often, the link between reward and long-term performance is broken for short-term greed.
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