The speech made by Ed Miliband, the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, on 19 January 2021.
After dismissing media reports and promising the Government has no plans to rip up workers’ rights, Kwasi Kwarteng has now let the cat out of the bag and admitted that they are conducting a review of those rights – including opting out of the 48 hour week which protects workers in key sectors like the NHS, road haulage and airlines from working excessive hours.
A government committed to maintaining existing protections would not be reviewing whether they should be unpicked. This exposes that the Government’s priorities for Britain are totally wrong.
Neither workers nor business want Ministers to take a wrecking ball to the hard-won rights of working people and families.