Employment rights should be centre stage as Great Repeal Bill launched, says UNISON

Commenting on the publication of the Bill today (Thursday) that will see the transfer of European laws onto the the UK statute book, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“The clock is ticking towards an uncertain future for anyone at work. Until now many of the laws that protect employees from unfair or unsafe treatment at the hands of their employers started out in Europe.

“When the government can pick and choose which rights stay and which go, long-held laws guaranteeing annual leave, keeping employees safe at work, and stopping them from being forced to do excessively long shifts without breaks could disappear in a flash.

“As the government takes full control of these laws, ministers need to remember no-one voted last year for employment rights to be watered down or removed altogether.”

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