Tory workers’ rights promises ‘not worth the paper the...

Tory workers’ rights promises ‘not worth the paper they are written on’, warns McCluskey

15 May 2017

Len McCluskey the leader of Britain’s largest union, Unite warned that Conservative promises on workers’ rights ‘aren’t worth the paper they are written on’ today, (Monday 15 May).

Responding to Tory plans announced in advance of a speech by Theresa May, McCluskey accused the Conservative party of being the party of tribunal fees which have priced workers out of justice and of seeking to crush trade unions with the hated Trade Union Act.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “It is good news that the prime minister accepts the importance of the rights we have derived from the EU, but there is no way that working people can rely on the rest of her party feeling the same way.  

“Already there are those on her benches itching to scrap basic protections, like the working time directive, which keep workers and the public safe but are decried as needless red tape by many hard right Tories.

“The Conservatives can never be the party of working people. Remember this is the party that has put workplace justice beyond the reach of ordinary people and caused wages to roll backwards.  

“Remember too that the Tory party rammed through the malicious Trade Union Act because it saw six million working people – the people who care for our children, our sick, our streets and keep our shops stocked -  as ‘enemies of the state’. 

“Theresa May’s promises to workers need to be regarded in the same light as her promise not to call another election – that is, not worth the paper they are written on.”


For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.