Responding to reports that the government has dropped plans to review workers’ rights Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "Parents and the low paid will breathe a sigh of relief that the Tories are not yet coming for their rights.  The epidemic of low pay and insecure work in this country are the real problems, not the basic rights of working people.

 "Kwasi Kwarteng now has to put his money where his mouth is; if he wants to improve the lot of UK workers, then pick up the phone.  We've got a list of desperately needed workers’ rights ready to go. 

 “He could start by outlawing the appalling fire and rehire practice that is laying waste to workers’ wages across the country, and fix sick pay so that being unwell and unable to work is not a sure path to poverty.”


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