Government proposals to protect workers’ rights after the UK leaves the European Union will do little to stop the mistreatment of workers at the hands of ‘greedy bosses’, the leader of Britain and Ireland’s largest union, Unite said today (Wednesday 6 March).

Responding to the government’s plans, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “After all the talk and media briefing preceding this announcement, it is deeply disappointing that the government appears not to have listened to any of the concerns expressed by trade unions.

“Workers needed assurances but unfortunately all that is on offer is reheated leftover announcements. The mistreatment of workers at the hands of greedy bosses is set to continue.

“The fact remains that workers in the UK have among the poorest protections in Europe, thanks to ‘opt outs’ by successive Westminster governments. This announcement changes that woeful situation not one jot.”

ENDS

For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.