Momentum banner on a demonstration

Reports emerged last week that the Labour Party may be watering down their policy commitments on workers’ rights. Labour had previously set out its flagship policies in this area under the banner of the ‘New Deal for Working People’.

Among the commitments initially made under that banner were to create a single tear of worker to guarantee equal rights for all, to introduce fair pay agreements across the entire economy, and to give people rights in the workplace from day one of their employment.

However, according to a report in the Financial Times over the weekend, the Labour Party is rowing back on these commitments. Specifically, the report suggests the pledge to create a single category of worker and to give day one rights are being abandoned.

These reports have been condemned by Momentum – the major left wing faction within the Labour Party.

A Momentum spokesperson said: “Under the Tories, Britain is run for its bosses, not its workers. Corporate profits are soaring while working people are underpaid and undervalued. That’s why it’s crucial Labour’s New Deal for Working People is implemented in full. It’s alarming to see the leadership water it down, from a single tier status for workers of all ages to the roll-out of collective fair pay agreements across the economy. The leadership should listen to our trade unions as the voice of working people, not millionaire CEOs.”

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