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Theresa May Told 'Actions Speak Louder Than Warm Words' As She Breaks Promise To Give Workers Voice On Company Boards, Says GMB

Monday, November 21, 2016

GMB Union slams Prime Minister for ‘watering down’ pledge during speech to business leaders.

Addressing business bosses from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) this morning, the PM backtracked on her pledge to give working people a voice in their work lives. 

On October 5, she told the Conservative Party: 

“So later this year we will publish our plans to have not just consumers represented on company boards, but workers as well.
“Because we are the party of workers.

"Of those who put in the effort. Those who contribute and give of their best." [1]

However this morning she appeared to renege on that promise, saying:

"While it is important that the voices of workers and consumers should be represented, I can categorically tell you that this is not about mandating works councils, or the direct appointment of workers or trade union representatives on Boards.” [2]

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

"The Tories can claim to be the party of workers  all they want, but actions speak louder than warm words.

"That the Prime Minister stood in front of big business today and watered down a pledge made just a few months ago shows us all we need to know.

"The mask is slipping - nice speeches followed by broken promises will not help working people get fairness and dignity in the workplace."


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