For the past two years trade unions have been clear that any Brexit deal would have to safeguard rights at work, otherwise we couldnâ€™t support it. Theresa May brushed off our concerns, insisting that her deal would â€śprotect and enhanceâ€ť rights at work. Well as of last week, we know for sure that it doesnâ€™t.
And weâ€™re not talking about abstract regulations here, the kind no one really understands. Weâ€™re talking about everyday protections that really matter to working people. Like paid holidays, rights for part-time workers, time off for working mums and dads, equal pay for women and limits on working hours.
These rights were won by trade unionists through the EU, and weâ€™ve been clear that leaving the EU must not put them at risk. And building on that, working people need a long-term, binding guarantee that rights in the UK will keep pace with those across Europe.
But the governmentâ€™s deal doesnâ€™t come close to meeting this test.
In both the proposals for the transition period and for our future relationship with the EU â€“ and whether we end up with the backstop or a free trade agreement â€“ our rights are under real threat.
First, while the Tory right is up in arms about a transition where they say everything will stay the same, the reality is that on employment rights UK workers will lose out. Under the governmentâ€™s plans, new EU rights that come into force after the transition wonâ€™t apply to UK workers.