Protecting workers, including the role of agency workers, the Living Wage and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority

You can see the full challenge paper here – Protecting workers, and the summary of the NPF discussions at Aston is here – work and business.

Conference in September will debate the issue and confirm final policy.


Prior to the Aston meeting of the NPF, the Work and Business Commission had put out a first draft and then a revised “challenge document” – a short document outlining the main issues for this priority issue set by Annual Conference.

The main challenges Labour has to deal with were identified as:

  • the Coalition are reducing workers’ rights in a “race to the bottom”
  • more workers are facing reduced rights because they are agency workers, have zero-hours contracts or are forced to use false self-employment

After the final NPF meeting at Aston in June 2013, the conclusions agreed were:

  • the GLA should have its remit extended to cover other sections of the economy, such as construction, hospitality and social care
  • businesses should be given incentives to pay a living wage, although there should also be transparency over larger firms that pay or don’t pay it
  • we need to do more to decide policy on zero hours contracts – but there should not be a blanket ban, as some people genuinely want to work this way
  • agency workers need to have their rights protected


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