The Conservatives won the 2019 General Election with a manifesto promise of a post-Brexit Britain where they would “raise standards in areas like workers’ rights”. Specifically, they would:
- “Achieve the right regulatory balance between supporting excellent business practice and protecting workers”
- “Prioritise the principle of fairness in the workplace, whether it is in the job application process, ensuring equal pay for equal work, or people’s working conditions”
- “Create a single enforcement body and crack down on any employer abusing employment law, whether by taking workers’ tips or refusing them sick pay”
- “Ensure workers have the right to request a more predictable contract”, and
- “Extend the entitlement to leave for unpaid carers, the majority of whom are women, to a week”.
So far, nothing. Just broken promises.