Being part of the European Union has protected working people in Britain for decades. EU laws have delivered stronger rules on equal pay for women; protection against discrimination in the workplace; equal treatment for agency workers; and much more.
But now we are leaving the EU, and these rights are under threat. The government has promised a ‘Great Repeal Bill’, which will transfer all EU law into UK law. However, this Act will not cover important Employment Rights decisions from the European Court of Justice such as the right to continue getting holiday leave whilst someone is ill. Furthermore, any Repeal Act can be amended by future Conservative Governments, the same Conservatives who introduced Employment Tribunal Fees, reduced redundancy consultation rights and increased the time period for people to qualify for protection against unfair dismissal.
Whilst we welcome Theresa May’s words to protect important workers’ rights, if she is serious, we believe that she should commit these words into law by protecting all current employment legislation as part of Brexit negotiations. To do this, we have to make clear to the government how much people value the rights we get from Europe, and show them that we won’t put up with her government repealing a single one of them.