Central Ayrshire MP Brian Donohoe has signed up to a campaign to put pressure on the UK Government to drop plans to cut workers’ rights.
Mr Donohoe – a former union official – joined forces with the “Unions Together” group to tell Prime Minister David Cameron “workers’ rights are not for sale”.
Last year, the campaign group initiated thousands of emails to be sent to MPs asking them to vote against the government’s policies that attacked rights at work. Campaigns were also run against regional pay, which ran the slogan “pay us for our work, not for where we live”.
In October, Chancellor George Osborne invited employees to give up their workplace rights in exchange for tax-free shares in their companies, as he ironically borrowed the famous line “workers of the world unite” from Karl Marx to launch his new scheme.
Just before Christmas, the campaign group delivered a 12,000-strong petition to the door of Number 10 in protest of the plans that would see workers give up their rights over unfair dismissal, redundancy and requests for flexible working and time off for training. Female workers would also be required to provide twice as much notice of a firm date of return from maternity leave, climbing from eight weeks to 16 weeks’ notice.
The UK Treasury said that companies of any size would be able to use the new owner-employee contract, with a planned start date of April this year, sparking fears that workers will be left stranded if they agree to give up their rights.
Mr Donohoe said: “We don’t know what 2013 will hold, but people are guessing that this Tory-led government will continue on their mission to tear up rights at work piece by piece.
“That is why I felt I had to sign up to show my support and would encourage all of my constituents to do the same.”
For more information visit www.unionstogether.org.uk