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Boris Backs Brexit Plan That Could Strip Holiday Pay For Millions

Monday, September 24, 2018

GMB SLAMS BORIS JOHNSON OVER BACKING FOR HARD RIGHT BREXIT PLAN THAT COULD SEE MILLIONS LOSE PAID HOLIDAYS

‘Mask is slipping’, union warns, as Institute for Economics Affairs unveils “Plan A+” for bonfire of workers’ rights

GMB Union today condemned former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson after he joined a chorus of Tory MPs to back the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA) think tank’s Brexit proposals.

Formed Brexit Secretary David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg unveiled the IEA plan at an event this morning. 

The report claims existing protections such as the Working Time Directive go “well beyond what can be seen to be reasonable protections of workers”. [1]

Losing the protections of the Working Time Directive would mean that:

  • 7 million workers could lose rights to paid holidays – 4.7 million of them women, and many on zero-hours or part-time contracts
  • Even more workers could be forced by bosses to work weeks longer than 48 hours.
  • Workers could lose the right to lunch and rest breaks.
  • Night workers could lose some health and safety protections. [2]

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

“It’s unbelievable that a man who stood on a platform urging people to ‘take back control’ is plotting to remove rights from working people and hand more power to their bosses. 

“That was most definitely not printed on the side of a bus. Boris Johnson’s mask is clearly slipping. 

“The Prime Minister needs to come our clearly rebuking this report. She promised that people’s working rights would be protected after Brexit but she has become a hostage to the extremists in her own Party.

“The promises made during the referendum just don’t reflect the reality we now face and the dangers of a hard right Tory Brexit get clearer by the day.

“It must now be public who have the final say on Brexit. There must be a public vote on the final deal.”

ENDS

Contact: Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors

[1] p.52, https://iea.org.uk/iea-report-plan-a-creating-prosperous-post-brexit-uk

[2] https://www.tuc.org.uk/news/national/ministers%E2%80%99-plot-could-slash-paid-holidays-7-million-workers-says-tuc

 

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