“Our Green Paper promises a new framework of labour law by repealing much that has gone before. The Strikes Act is pernicious but so is the whole panoply of industrial relations law introduced by the Conservatives.”CLPD model motion: New Deal for Working People
By the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy (CLPD)
Below and attached here is a model motion for CLPs to consider, that seeks to ensure the Party reaffirms the commitments it set out in its Green Paper: A New Deal for Working People.
It is important for CLPs to keep raising this issue because there have been reports that the Party leadership is rowing back on the workers’ rights commitments it previously set out.
CLPs can still submit motions to this year’s Annual Conference – the deadline for motions is 5pm Thursday 21 September.
Alternatively, CLPs could pass the motion and send to the NEC (making the necessary small amendments to the model motion).
Model Motion: New Deal for Working People
Conference notes our Leader has ensured that Angela Raynor remains as strategic lead on workers’ rights in the recent Shadow Cabinet reshuffle. Without a doubt Labour’s Green Paper A New Deal for Working People is the Party’s best offer on trade union and workers’ rights in a generation and will need someone of the standing as Deputy Leader of our Party to bring these proposals to fruition.
We will need action on all forms of zero hours contacts; there is no differentiation between exploitative and non-exploitative ZHCs.
A single status of “worker” is desperately needed to tackle the scourge of bogus self-employment endemic in industries from construction to courier delivery riders.
The collapse of union led collective bargaining in the neo-liberal period has been responsible for the remorseless decline in working class living standards; our Party’s commitment to sectoral collective bargaining through Fair Pay Agreements will be welcomed by workers and employers who will not have to deal with rogue elements who seek to undercut the good employer by ruthlessly cutting wages.
Our Green Paper promises a new framework of labour law by repealing much that has gone before. The Strikes (Minimum Service Levels) Act is pernicious but so is the whole panoply of industrial relations law introduced by the Conservatives. Conference welcomes our commitment to repeal.
Conference notes that our friends at the recent TUC Congress carried a number of motions that support our Green Paper which we wholeheartedly welcome.
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- This article is reproduced from the CLP newsletter published on September 12th, 2023.