Workers deserve better than inevitable insecurity

Unite response to the Taylor review: Workers deserve better than inevitable insecurity

11 July 2017

Commenting on the publication today (Tuesday 11 July) of the Taylor Review into employment law, Len McCluskey, the leader of the country’s biggest union Unite said: “This review raised the prospect that the scourge of insecure working in this country would be tackled. It raised the hope that work would once again pay and there would be no profit in exploitation.  It indicated that fairness and dignity would be restored to working life.

“But it has spectacularly failed to deliver on any of these.  The seven pillars of Taylor are very wobbly and tumble to rubble under first scrutiny.

“The report does nothing to address the rampaging growth in forced self-employment, which has shot up as the government’s austerity programme bites. One in six workers in this country fall into this category, denied sick pay, holiday pay, their basic rights and a pension.  

“Neither will it address bogus self-employment, and the unacceptable use of zero hours and agency work to deny someone a permanent, full-time job.

“Instead of the serious programme the country urgently needs to ensure that once again work pays in this country from Taylor we got a depressing sense that insecurity is the inevitable new norm. We will not accept that.

“The conspicuous absence of any meaningful role for trade unions – the group leading the fight for justice for insecure workers – is also extremely worrying. It is obvious that the best medicine against bad bosses in strong and active representation at work.  This omission by Mr Taylor sadly echoes the Tory view that unions are the enemy within and not, more accurately, that we are the single most important force for good for working people in this country.

“The only ones who will be celebrating the Taylor report are the rogue employers and those who have grown rich on the hard labour of those desperate for employment.  

“Unite therefore urges the prime minister to thank Mr Taylor for his efforts but do not let this report travel further than a Westminster filing cabinet or gather dust on a No 10 bookshelf because it will not help you deliver on your stated aim of making working life fairer.

“More and better can and must be done to ensure that, in the fifth largest economy on the planet, working people are granted the dignity and security they deserve.  This union will continue that fight.”


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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.