May promises boost to workers' rights

BME voters Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn

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Theresa May is unveiling a "new deal for workers" including protections for people in the "gig economy", a statutory right to leave for those who need to care for a family member and a commitment to further increases in the national living wage. "We intend to meet that commitment by 2020 - and then continue with a national living wage linked to 60% of median earnings".

Moreover, May said that if the nation votes for the Conservative Party it would also protect people with mental health problems.

But Mrs May's attempt to pitch herself as the champion of "ordinary working people" comes as analysis suggests that low income working families face significant reductions in income as a result of planned cuts to benefits, according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

The analysis found one million households with children and no one in work would be £3,000 worse off, while three million working households with children now entitled to tax credits would be on average £2,500 worse off.

The plans will ensuring that listed companies create stakeholder advisory panels, designate an existing non-executive director as the employee representative, or directly appoint a worker representative to the board.

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Andrew Gwynne, Labour's election campaign chair, has accused May of "taking working people for fools".

"Our plans, backed up with strong and stable leadership, will be the greatest expansion in workers' rights by any Conservative government in history". They would have their jobs and employment rights protected when they return to work.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady wants to see more detail on the Tories' pledges.

He also insisted that he was unconcerned about polls showing that the Conservative's lead over Labour was narrowing, saying that recent years have shown that predictions can get it wrong.

"Today's ridiculous claims are yet more evidence that this election is a choice between a Tory party that fails working people and a Labour Party that will stand up for working people and deliver a better, fairer Britain".

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