As Brexit negotiations continue, the ever growing concern over whether EU law such as paid holidays, health and safety, and paid parental leave will be transferred over to UK law.
The government has promised to protect all worker rights, however there is a lot of concern regarding whether they will carry that through. There are aspects of the new bill that could allow any future government to remove parts or sections on the law. And cut back on the rights of most venerable workers amongst our counties workforce.
The European law came into effect in 1998, giving a third of part time workers entitlement to paid leave. The growing concern with brexit is that a future government may revoke those paid holidays and return to the law before 1998.thus change would hit over 2 million workers, and have drastically detrimental effects on anyone after that.
Another main concern for lobbyists was for agency workers, bosses and CEO’s have often campaigned to reduce their rights, and have paid them less. EU law has a least ensured they are allowed the same rights as their co-workers such as being offered promotions. With the new UK law, there’s concern as to whether big bosses and CEO’s will have sway over the government is reducing agency worker rights.
Other concerns include safeguarding at work. Often considered a bureaucracy by bosses, they will be keen to dilute current legislation in order to save time and money. EU rules ensure things such as management being compelled to discuss and consult with their workforce before making any major changes to their company.
These rules ensure people don’t lose their jobs overnight because contracts were changes without warning, or because the company was sold with no prior notice.
Under the EU withdraw bill, changes to employment and equality law could be made through regulations and not debated through MP’s. Therefore, giving full and sole discretion to the government to do as they wish in amending, changing and adding without scrutiny.
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