Commenting on the white paper published this week on the governmentâs Brexit strategy, TUC General Secretary Frances OâGrady said:
âThe white paper tells us little we did not already know, and still leaves working people exposed to risks to their rights and jobs. And it says nothing about how the NHS and our public services will be protected in trade deals from predatory international companies.
âWhile itâs good to see the government maintain its commitment to protecting existing workersâ rights, people need to know the government wonât seek to compete in a race to the bottom that allows their rights to fall behind workers in the rest of Europe. So Theresa May should confirm that future trade deals with the EU will include a commitment to abide by minimum EU requirements for workersâ rights.
âThe government has set out its aspirations for trade agreements once weâve left the EU. But thereâs little explanation of how jobs and living standards will be kept safe while those deals are negotiated. This is especially important if we are to run the bigger risks that come with leaving the single market too. The Chancellor must use his budget to show how peopleâs jobs and living standards will be protected.â