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Instead of the serious programme the country urgently needs to ensure that once again work pays, we got a depressing sense that insecurity is the inevitable new norm


Len McCluskey


Unite general secretary on the Taylor Review


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using a “big stick” against companies. But a nudge is hardly going to change the working culture of Britain, which is increasingly stacked against employees.


Unite’s general secretary Len McCluskey said the review had raised the prospect that the scourge of insecure working would be tackled, that work would once again pay and there would be no profit in exploitation, restoring fairness and dignity to working life.


“It has spectacularly failed to deliver on any of these. The report does nothing to address the rampaging growth in forced self- employment, which has shot up as the government’s austerity programme bites.


“One in six workers in this country falls into this category, denied sick pay, holiday pay, their basic rights and a pension.


“Instead of the serious programme the country urgently needs to ensure that once again work pays in this country, we got a depressing sense that insecurity is the inevitable new norm,” he added.


A paper submitted to the review drawn up by officials including Unite’s head of research, John Earls, made a series of recommendations which were not acted on –from banning zero hours contracts and unpaid internships, outlawing bogus self employment, giving younger workers the higher minimum wage and having union members on boards.


“Proper regulation of the labour market, in partnership with trade unions, must be a cornerstone of a modern economy,” the Unite submission said.


“A properly regulated labour market must 15 uniteWORKS Autumn 2017


end bogus self-employment, social dumping, the use of zero hours contracts and close the loopholes of


fake


subcontracting, all of which result in undercutting of terms and conditions.”


TUC research has shown that by 2022 there could be 3.5m people in insecure work such as zero hours contracts, temporary or agency work and low paid self-employment.


Howard Beckett believes the


predictions show how crucial a Labour government is for workers, describing the party’s hugely popular election manifesto as the ‘bible’ of what is needed to ensure fair treatment at work.


With its campaigns, industrial action and legal challenges, Unite is certainly doing more than praying for change.


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