Rayner receives standing ovation at TUC conference as she calls on labour movement to ‘come together’

Angela Rayner was given a standing ovation on the Trades Union Congress convention in Liverpool as she known as on the Labour motion to “come collectively”.

She declared the battle to win over voters on the subsequent common election is “getting began” as she revealed Labour’s imaginative and prescient to spice up employees’ rights.

It comes as Labour had right now introduced that the occasion’s New Deal for Working Individuals would come with protections in opposition to unfair dismissal, a ban on zero-hour contracts, extra versatile working and ending hearth and rehire (when an employer fires an worker and affords them a brand new contract on new, usually less-favourable phrases).

Rayner stated: “I come right here with one message right now, that the following Labour authorities will construct an financial system that works for working folks, with a brand new deal for working folks.


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“Labour will begin by bringing ahead an employment rights invoice to legislate for this inside the first 100 days of coming into workplace. That’s a forged iron dedication.”

Rayner additionally pledged to repeal the federal government’s “vicious” anti-trade union legal guidelines, akin to its minimal service ranges invoice.

“Strike is a final resort however a basic freedom that should be revered,” she informed the convention.

Ms Rayner stated a Labour authorities would “replace commerce union legal guidelines to make them match for the twenty first century”, including: “For too lengthy they’ve didn’t sustain with the laborious actuality of the bottom.”

The speech comes after some unions questioned Labour’s dedication to employees’ rights and accused the occasion of not being daring sufficient.

Final month, Rayner asserted that the New Deal for Working Individuals proposals had not been “watered down“, following a report within the Monetary Occasions that the package deal had been “diluted” throughout Labour’s Nationwide Coverage Discussion board assembly in July.

In line with new polling by Opinium for the TUC, some 62 per cent of the general public help giving these working within the gig financial system new rights and protections akin to sick pay and vacation pay, together with 59 per cent of Conservative 2019 voters. Solely 6 per cent of these polled opposed the measure.

A ban on zero-hours contracts additionally has majority help, with 63 per cent of voters and 60 per cent of Conservative voters backing the proposal.

Greg Fingers, the Conservative occasion chairman, has responded to Angela Rayner’s speech in an announcement. He stated: “The masks has slipped.

“Regardless of Keir Starmer’s short-term guarantees to be pro-business, his deputy chief is committing to Labour’s union paymasters that they’ll have extra management over Britain’s financial system.

“Reversing anti-strike legal guidelines will imply extra strikes, damaging the financial system and disrupting the lives of hardworking folks.

“Solely the Conservatives are delivering the protections we have to cease Labour-backed union leaders from making an attempt to close down the nation.”

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