The comments made by Ed Miliband, the Shadow Business Secretary, on 14 January 2021.
This leak exposes the truth about the Government’s priorities, which are way out of step with the needs of workers and their families. In the midst of the worst economic crisis in three centuries, ministers are preparing to tear up their promises to the British people and taking a sledgehammer to workers’ rights.
These proposals are not about cutting red tape for businesses but ripping up vital rights for workers. They should not even be up for discussion. People are already deeply worried about their jobs and health. It’s a disgrace the Government is considering forcing them to work longer hours or lose paid holidays.
The Government wants Britain to compete on the back of ordinary working people losing their rights. This is a vision not set out anywhere in their manifesto and for which they have no mandate. Labour will fight tooth and nail against this attempt to deny even the basic rights we have to the workers of our country.