Retail trade union is calling for an election to deliver a government that will tackle the cost of living crisis and deliver a new deal for workers now that Boris Johnson has indicated that he is resigning as Prime Minister.
Paddy Lillis – Usdaw General Secretary says: “While the Government has been paralysed by internal scandal and focused on desperate attempts to save a discredited PM; working people have been struggling to make ends meet in the midst of the Tories’ cost of living crisis. The Government’s repeated failure to bring forward a promised employment bill means there has not been a much needed new deal for workers.
“The Prime Minister’s omnishambles has lurched from one crisis to another, with widespread law-breaking, tolerance of appalling behaviour and a disregard for the ministerial code of conduct across the Government. In the meantime working people are suffering in low-paid and insecure work at a time when prices, fuel and energy costs are rocketing.
“It is time for a change, he cannot continue as a caretaker. The ministers who stayed to the bitter end or resigned at the eleventh hour, along with the Conservative party as a whole have absolutely no credibility. This is the third PM in six years to be brought down by Tory infighting. We need an election and a Labour Government to turn around the economy and get the country back on track.”
Usdaw’s New Deal for Workers calls for:
- Minimum wage of at least £12 per hour as a step towards £15 for all workers, ending rip-off youth rates.
- Minimum contract of 16 hours per week, for everyone who wants it, that reflects normal hours worked and a ban on zero-hour contracts.
- Better sick pay for all workers, from day one, at average earnings.
- Protection at work, respect for shopworkers, abuse is not a part of the job.
- Proper social security system, Universal Credit does not provide an effective safety net.
- Job security, with day one employment rights for unfair dismissal and significant improvements to redundancy protections.
- Fair treatment and equality for all workers, including equal pay.
- Voice at work, stop rogue employers refusing to engage with trade unions and end ‘fire and rehire’.