Commenting on the white paper published this week on the governmentâ€™s Brexit strategy, TUC General Secretary Frances Oâ€™Grady said:
â€śThe 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.
â€śWhile itâ€™s good to see the government maintain its commitment to protecting existing workersâ€™ rights, people need to know the government wonâ€™t 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.
â€śThe government has set out its aspirations for trade agreements once weâ€™ve left the EU. But thereâ€™s 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 peopleâ€™s jobs and living standards will be protected.â€ť