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GMB RESPONDS TO DAVID DAVIS SPEECH

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

GMB RESPONDS TO DAVID DAVIS SPEECH ON POST-BREXIT WORKERS' RIGHTS

If the best this Government can do is promise Britain will not turn into a 'Mad Max' nightmare - it’s no wonder people are worried about their post-Brexit lives says GMB.

GMB, Britain's general union, has responded to a speech by Brexit Secretary David Davis on workers rights after Britain leaves the EU.  [1]

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary, said:

“If the best this Government can do is promise Britain will not turn into a 'Mad Max' nightmare - it’s no wonder people are worried about their post-Brexit lives.

“Since 2010, the Conservatives have repeatedly chiseled away at vital protections and workplace justice describing them as ‘red tape’ or ‘a burden’ on business.

“Theresa May has even made ministers of people who think British workers ‘are among the worst idlers in the world’. [2]

“How on earth can we rely on them to safeguard workers’ rights?

“Yet the Brexit Secretary’s whole pitch today seems to be ‘trust us’.

“The Government must make good on their promise to maintain and enhance workers’ rights after Brexit by making a legal commitment to mirror existing and future European workplace rights so that workers in Britain aren't left behind.

“But the truth is for some Tories MPs, shredding British workers’ hard won employment rights is what gets them up in the morning and was the very reason they campaigned for Brexit.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

[1] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-43120277

[2] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19300051

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